After months of preparation, the Global Divestment Mobilisation launched last Friday with at least 39 events planned across 20 countries just on that Friday alone – and in just 4 days, over a hundred people across Africa demanded institutions to divest their endowments from fossil fuels companies most responsible for causing climate change.

Here is a sneak peek of what happened since #GDMAfrica2017 started:

Egypt

A marathon organised in Egypt raised awareness about climate change.

Ghana

Meanwhile in Ghana, a march took place to demonstrate the resolve of local Ghanaians against the fossil fuel industry which is causing severe climate impacts to their lives and livelihoods.

Nigeria

350Nigeria hosted a seminar to call for an end to Shell’s exploitation of its oil and people.

Chad

Civil society organisations organised a workshop focused on impacts of oil industry on agriculture in South Chad.

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In South Africa

The fossil fuel divestment movement in South Africa is pushing one clear message: it is time to end the age of fossil fuels — because that’s what it really means to solve the climate crisis.

  • The Global Divestment Mobilisation in South Africa kicked off with a light display spelling out divestment messages near filling stations in the Sun Valley area.

  • Students and staff at Stellenbosch University seized this opportunity to start conversations about divestment across campus.
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This was just the beginning. More events are set to take place in the next 5 days; check out the live coverage website where we’ll be featuring all the remaining divestment actions from across Africa and around the world – and join the conversation on social media using #GDMAfrica2017 #fossilfree.

Together, we can convince our institutions to lead by example and stop profiting from the industry wrecking our chances of a safe, healthy future.

The planet is heating up, so is resistance against climate inaction. With enough of us on board – and working together – we know we can convince institutional investors to divest and create the watershed moment needed for climate action.

This is a battle we must win, and together we will!

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