July 8 – 9 , 2021 | Virtual

We are in a climate emergency. We believe impactful climate communication is more critical than ever before. We need to challenge ourselves to move past the monoculture of past climate narratives by identifying and amplifying a biodiversity of stories and communication as diverse as the ecosystem we seek to save.


Amplifying a people-centered Climate Action through storytelling and communication

Climate Story lab Africa (CSL Africa) is bringing together storytellers, Community Representatives at the forefront of Climate change and the wider climate stakeholder community to spotlight, discuss and re-imagine a people-centred climate action through radical stakeholder collaboration.

We will showcase the power of storytelling to shift culture, drive social change, and build communities and movements. We will run two co-curated panels on Energy for Africa titled ‘Why is green energy a big deal for Africa?’ and on Climate Finance titled ‘Where is the climate money?’ and many more.

We are convinced that these factors are shaping our present and future. They are urgent conversations that need our participation and collective action.


July 8, Thursday
July 9, Friday
09:00 am - 09:15 am EATThe Opening

Spoken Word & Welcome note

Climate Justice through spoken word by Justine Kakoko. Justine is a poet, author, educator, artist and social activist based in Tanzania. He uses his voice to teach, motivate and inspire the world.
09:15 am - 09:30 am EATTaking The Temperature

Africa climate justice narrative

Communities in Africa depend on nature being in balance for their livelihood, except, this is no longer the case because of climate change. Research, science and our lived experience confirm this and we get it, we need to adapt and be resilient. But what does this actually mean for us? How is Africa positioning itself and preparing its population for this future? Is our collective action effectively answering our most urgent challenges on climate? What is the current status from a climate justice lens? These are some of the questions this session will explore.
09:30 am - 09:50 am EATWhere Are We Coming From

The power of storytelling

Storytelling shifts culture and culture brings change. Storytelling has the power to change hearts and minds, it has the power to change structures, behaviour, to build communities and to humanize complex theories to drive action. How then, as storytellers do we rise to the challenge of radical partnerships that address the most urgent climate issues on our continent? How can storytelling help us catalyse the changes we want to see?
09:50 am - 10:10 am EATFilm Case Study

What can storytelling do? An Impact Case Study of the International Documentary film “Thank you for the rain”

THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN is a collaborative film made by Kisilu Musya, a Kenyan farmer and Julia Dahr, a Norwegian filmmaker. In the course of five years, Kisilu transforms from a farmer struggling with the effects of climate change to a community leader and a climate change activist on the global stage, capturing the real human costs of the climate crisis. This film has been used as an impact and advocacy tool to drive social change globally.
10:10 am - 11:10 am EATCommunity Organizers Roundtable

The Reality on the Ground

When the harvest season fails because of insufficient rain, the human cost for our communities living at the edge of climate is amplified. For Africa, adaptation and resilience are urgent. Our people cannot afford to wait, they need climate solutions that speak to our immediate present and future. This lived experience plays an important part in finding solutions that speak to our unique regions and way of life across Africa. It forms the crux of our next economic and social transformation, but we are not giving it enough airtime. What's the reality on the ground with our communities? We need to be involved at all levels of discussions about ourselves. (Session curated in partnership with Christian Aid Kenya)
11:10 am - 11:20 am EATFilm Case Study

How does story telling Accelerate Change? – An Impact case study of the International Documentary film “Virunga”

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources.
11:20 am - 11:25 am EAT


11:25 am - 11:30 am EATRenewable Energy In Motion

The future is off the grid. Are you paying attention?

John is about the future. He converts water into watts. He is under thirty years old and runs Magiro mini hydro power plant using 'run of the river technology' to supply electricity to his village, 100% off the main grid. They produce so much electricity, they even have waste energy! All John and his team need is a river nearby. A dream that started when he was 9 years old, John is future ready. But is this continent ready for this kind of bold, innovative get down to business youthful population?
11:30 am - 13:00 pm EATPanel Introduction

Why is Green Energy a big deal for Africa?

Africa needs massive amounts of energy for economic transformation that gives its people a prosperous and decent quality of life. Our CO2 emissions globally have been minimal but, can the continent meet its development ambitions with green renewable energy alone? The population in the continent is projected to triple to 3 billion by 2060, Can Africa transition in the same way and equitably as the rest of the world toward a green economy? What does the average person in Africa need to know right now to position themselves for this inevitable energy revolution? Who has a plan? These are some of the questions that this panel will interrogate and dive into. (Panel curated in partnership with SID - Society for International Development & Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation East and Horn of Africa)
13:00 pm - 13:15 pm EATOpen Q&A

Interactive Q&A

Contribution by all in attendance.
13:15 pm - 13:30 pm EATArt Presentation & Poll

Art in Action

The artists present a simplified interpretation of the panel discussion (Why is Green Energy a big deal for Africa?) through artwork. Does the translation work? When we collaborate with artists, we communicate powerfully and simply. The verdict is yours and you can respond through a live poll.
13:30 pm - 13:45 pm EATTake Away

Moving forward: Recommendations for Day 1

What are the recommendations gathered on this day?
13:45 pm EATEnd of day 1


End of day 1

Why you should participate


  • You want to understand why climate change matters to you personally
  • You want to understand jargon like carbon footprint or renewable energy because sooner or later it will affect you if it hasn't already!


  • You are seeking bold partnerships, networks and collaboration in the climate world
  • You want to position yourself for a green future socially, politically and economically

Take action.

  • Because you are an active citizen
  • To take climate action now, at any level

Your Voice is needed!

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