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Community Voices on Climate Change

The main purpose of this project is to promote environmental justice and to give a voice to the knowledge and understanding of the local population of the uMhlangane River basin concerning climate change and environmental degradation. The project was supported by the former townships Inanda-Ntusuma-KwaMashu (INK)-area management in 2013. It was observed that the link between poverty and environmental degradation is often not recognized because the knowledge of the local population is not taken into account in municipal project approaches. The main issue of this project is to encourage new ways of thinking about the relationship between local populations and climate change.

Building on existing contacts of the area based management with the Department of Community Development located at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), this project is implemented together with UKZN staff and students:

  • Implementation of creative writing workshops for members of the local population as well as for students of UKZN focusing on topics of climate change
  • Research on Africa-oriented approaches based on indigenous knowledge. The question that is being asked: What are the reasons for local people having saved water in former times without external experts teaching them anything about climate change?
  • Documentation of narratives, stories, poems and other styles of participation modes of the community (children, youths, women, eldery people) about climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Making municipal stakeholders of the climate partnership more responsible for non-formal knowledge from the township
  • Intregation of local knowledge into a municipal approach
  • Promote the appreciation of local knowledge

In February 2014, the booklet "Community Voices on Climate Change" (pdf, 23.9 MB) was published with a collection of stories from the township. It can be borrowed for use in education projects in Bremen via the Bremen Information Center for Human Rights and Development (biz).