The fight against climate change is a fight for justice. People all over the world are feeling the impacts, but the people suffering most are the ones who have done the least to cause the problem and have limited access to the rooms where these issues are discussed .
The work I do — and the ways I do it — has to address that injustice. That means listening to the rural communities who are getting hit hardest, amplifying the voices that are being ignored , and creating disruptive solutions for the global south.
My biggest source of joy is the commitment of the women in Otuke district who have embraced our greening initiative and dedicated their land and time to planting thousands of trees in a bid to reverse the devastating impacts of climate change.
These women are the true heroes of our society.
Immaculate Akello is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Her online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of rural women and youths in Northern Uganda who have taken to designing local solutions, demanding for policies and accountability from government and localizing climate action in their various communities. It is time we do it our way.