The Caravan of Hope is an awareness-raising campaign organised by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in the lead up to COP17, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Durban, South Africa (ActionAid, 2011). The primary objective of the Caravan of Hope is to mobilise African civil society in the fight against climate change by bringing their voices to the COP17 climate summit (Time for Climate Justice, 2011).
The Caravan hopes to implement these objectives by meeting and talking to people along the way who are affected by, or have shown ways of coping with, climate change, and by collecting signatures for an African People’s Petition. The signatures will be handed over to Jacob Zuma, the South African President and host of the COP17 talks. The petition calls on wealthy governments to take responsibility for reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, thus tackling climate change (OXfam East Africa Blog, 2011).
The caravan convoy departed on the 9th of November (OXfam East Africa Blog, 2011) and it will travel 10, 000 km from Burundi to Durban, passing through ten different countries (ActionAid, 2011). On the 26th of November the Caravan will finally arrive in Durban, and people are encouraged to join DurbanCJN in welcoming the Climate Caravan.
Date: Saturday, 26th November 2011
Venue: TB Davis Hall, Howard College Campus, UKZN
time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Take action sign the Africa People’e petition at www.pacja.org.
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