Young feminists in the Global South are organizing from their territories and contexts; defending water, forests, livelihoods and communities, and offering and building alternative models of sustainability. Young feminists are taking meaningful climate action, while governments stall in their implementation of measures agreed in Paris two years ago to stem the climate crisis. Yet, young feminist voices lack visibility in many environmental movements, and while they have a lot to share, platforms for them to do so are scarce.
This year, FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund and the Young Feminists for Climate Justice network are launching a storytelling project showcasing the voices of young feminists in the Global South organising in the climate and environmental justice movements. We have collected over 30 stories, art pieces and poems by young women and trans* youth resisting corporations encroaching their territories, building alternatives in their own neighbourhoods and towns, and defending their water, land and territories. From the Pacific through Africa to Latin America, young feminists in the Global South are confronting the worst consequences of climate change -from forced migration and increased precarity due to more frequent and severe natural disasters, to slow-onset climate impacts on agriculture and water- with bold energy and hope.
Their experiences and stories will be shared at this year’s climate Conference of Youth (COY 13) taking place in Bonn on Friday, November 3rd. Afterwards we will have them displayed here in this platform.