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The Trans African Climate Caravan of Hope sets off today

A local artist paints logos on banners ahead of the Caravan launch in Bujumbura. Photo: James Akena/PACJA
A local artist paints logos ahead of the Caravan launch in Bujumbura. Photo: James Akena/PACJA

The Trans African Caravan of Hope – a 17-day journey through 10 countries to raise the voices of African communities affected by climate change – set off today from Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. Close to 300 farmers, youth, activists and journalists, will travel in a convoy of buses through Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, before arriving in Durban, South Africa, for the start of the 17th international Climate Change Conference (COP 17).

The convoy was waved off today by Thérence Sinunguruza, the Vice-President of Burundi. Organised by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) – an umbrella group with 300 members in 45 countries – the Caravan will meet people along the way who are affected by, or have shown ways of coping with, climate change. Along the route the Caravan will collect signatures for an African People’s Petition, calling on wealthy governments – the biggest polluters – to take responsibility for  curbing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change. The organisers want global leaders to commit 1.5% of their GNP to embracing low carbon development. Hundreds of thousands of signatures are expected to be handed over to South African President Jacob Zuma, the host of the COP17 talks.

You can follow the journey at the Trans African Caravan of Hope blog

Before the Caravan left Bujumbura, dozens of women farmers from across Burundi gathered to prepare a Charter on climate change, to be handed over to the Vice President. More details about some of the women farmers – as well as the route of the Caravan and what it will see – are available via Google Maps. Oxfam, along with other organisations including Action Aid and Christian Aid, is supporting the Caravan.

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  1. I would like to thank those who are going to participant physically on the Caravan. Its going to be a long Journey but its worth it. I pray that the caravan surely produces hope for African.

    Before God created a MAN, God first made sure that He created the Trees, waters, oceans, soil etc – (the Nature in general) so that MAN can ENJOY staying on EARTH. And when God Created MAN, He made MAN to be incharge of ALL the THINGS He created but Unfortunately MAN mismanage the ENVIRONMENT. I urgue the Africans and ALL people to support the good intentions of the ‘Caravan of Hope’ From Freda Bella Anek- Uganda

  2. Terrific idea! Safe journey! I hope all goes well and your goals are met. I admire what you are doing greatly. All the best!

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