350.org and African youth working together before Copenhagen – Between June 14-19 the 350speaks Johannesburg Climate Leadership Workshop will take place near Johannesburg with the participation of over 40 youth climate activists from all over Africa. The summit will hold workshops and training sessions on sustainable development, climate change, energy, organizing and advocacy.

As the 350.org team, we are very excited for this opportunity. African has been traditionally underrepresented in the climate change negotiations and it is time to help African youth climate activists get their voices heard.

“Out of the 10,000 people who attended the United Nations Climate Meetings in Poland last December, there were only two or three African youth,” said Ely Katembo, age 27, who attended the meetings from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This year, Ely is working with international climate campaign, 350.org, to make sure African youth voices are heard loud and clear.

350.org will also hold workshops to work on the International Day of Climate Action preparations. African youth climate activists will learn how to play an active role on October 24th to call for a fair climate treaty that reduces carbon in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million, the safe upper limit according to the latest science.

350speaks Johannesburg Summit is taking place with the partnership of 350.org and Open Society Institute. We are expecting the attendance of youth organizers from more than a dozen countries on the continent including: Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Uganda, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Somalia…