That Africa is a victim of climate change is true –
BUT – it is not the only narrative.
Africa is also fully endowed with a bounty of renewable sources of energy and minerals used in clean energy technologies. With the largest young population on earth, our continent has the ancestral knowledge, the workforce, ingenuity and energy to help solve the world’s biggest problem – the climate crisis.
Climate Story Lab Africa is a convening that supports, elevates and amplifies visibility & access of African perspectives, experiences and solutions on pressing climate issues to global audiences, policy makers, private stakeholders, NGO’s, corporates and peers through compelling works of storytelling.
We are continuously interrogating the theme:
What is the climate justice narrative for Africa?
In the 2022 edition, together with our partners, we run co-curated sessions on: Climate leadership, The Doers and the dreamers, Energy justice for who? and Powerful storytelling projects being made right now on the continent in collaboration with affected communities, ranging from podcasts to documentaries to board games and Fashion installations showcasing climate-conscious engagement.
Boubé and his Fulani tribe prepare for the seasonal migration with his tribe, an adventure that has sparked conflict over the recent years as water and grazing shrinks due to climate change. He has a plan to approach the tensions differently this time, in the hopes of finding a new way to co-exist.
The New Boats (Chi-gie Chorga) is an investigative documentary that presents an eye opening look at the impact of International Industrialised fishing in West African waters and its disastrous effect on local communities. Sulaiman Kamara a local fisherman and Woody Backie Koroma the Public Relations Officer of Sierra Leone Artisanal Fishermen Union are passionately advocating on behalf of local fishermen and are desperately trying to prevent an environmental disaster with West African fisheries on the brink.
On the misty mountains of Mt. Mwanzo lives the H20 family. Four children Raha, Tambo, Zebbi, and Babu H20 need to join their parents, Dr & Mrs. H20 at Lake Mwisho. They need to take the dangerous journey through Mwanzo town. But this time, it’s going to be a difficult journey – the town faces deforestation, water thieves, and water wastage. You have to help this family of water drops reach Lake Mwisho with as much water as possible, and help the careless residents of Mwanzo town save water too! Time is of the essence…
Downstream is the perfect educational tool for children in upper primary grades four to six to enhance children’s knowledge in science topics such as water conservation and pollution, topics covered in the CBC and IGCSE syllabus. It is not only for children and teenagers, adults and families too will have plenty of fun as they navigate their way to lake Mwisho.
“With Grace” is a short documentary featuring a playful girl, Grace, from rural Kenya with a lot of energy, humor and big dreams!
Just like many children growing up in a small rural farm on the Eastern part of Kenya which is a predominantly semi-arid/arid area, Grace and her Family have been vulnerable to the impacts of droughts and other extreme weather patterns, hence a shortage of resources. Her family has lived as farmers in balance with nature for generations, but now climate change is threatening to destroy it all.
Through Grace’s story we are able to collaboratively make this short documentary about a playful childhood at the frontline of climate change. This is a story about climate challenges, but also about laughter, family love, hope and all the fun you can have when you have eight siblings to play with.