The welfare of the Earth is our welfare: African Faith Actors Network for Climate Justice (AFAN-CJ) calls for Climate justice during the Africa Climate Summit/Week
The 2023 Africa Climate Summit/Week (ACS/W) was hosted by the Government of Kenya from 4 to 8 September 2023. Before this timely event, the AACC, in partnership with the Lutheran World Federation convened members of the Faith Actors Network for Climate Justice (AFAN_CJ) for a two-day consultation on Climate Justice. The consultation took place on the 3rd and 4th of September at the Desmond Tutu Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Tinashe Gumbo, AACC’s Executive Secretary for Ecological and Ecological Justice explained that the event aimed at identifying African faith actors’ priorities for the ACW and COP28. Among the 45 people who participated in the consultation was Mr. Joseph Ng’ang’a, the CEO of the ACS. In his Goodwill message, he highlighted the key role that faith leaders have to play in the fight for climate justice.
“The ACS/W has the potential of transforming the narratives around climate change finance such that Africa’s realities and interests are given the attention they deserve.” Urged Ms. Karimi Kinoti from Christian Aid.
At the end of the consultation, AFAN-CJ members issued A statement reiterating that matters of climate change are matters of life and death.
While speaking on behalf of the AFAN-CJ and presenting their statement to the heads of state during the closing ceremony of the summit, Rev Dr Lesmore G. Ezekiel, AACC’s Director of programs emphasized that Climate change is a moral issue that can only be solved by moral commitment and action. He urged stakeholders to join the faith actors in taking up shields to protect life and future generations from those who even in the face of the climate change crisis choose to continue politicizing, corrupting, commodifying, and exploiting nature for personal and corporate gains.
Follow the link below to read the AFAN-CJ call to Action