Advocacy

Our advocacy programme focuses on amplifying youth voices by identifying and facilitating engagement opportunities for youth to be involved in:

  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Published editorial / opinion pieces and open letters 
  • Participation in panels, political meetings and external workshops 
  • Engagement in opportunities for public participation 
  • Press opportunities 


Some of our 2021 advocacy outcomes so far:

Climate change & Mental Health Report Launch & Webinar
#CancelCoal Letter of Demand Media Release and social media
Climate Change Impacts in South Africa Report Launch & Webinar
A response to South Africa’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted formally to government

This was read at the Presidential Climate Change Commission by our representative, Ayakha Melithafa
An opinion piece on NDC published in the Mail & Guardian
A non-partisan meeting with South African members of parliament to discuss climate adaptation and climate justice .
An opinion piece published in Mail & Guardian Print: End the terrible coal legacy
Participation in the Youth 4 Climate Youth week webinar
Our education coordinator in the press: Mitchelle Mhaka: Arming the youth with knowledge is critical in fostering a good climate for change
The Future is Now campaign
Submission of a statement to COY16 - the youth lead up event to COP26
Participation in the creation of the south african youth climate Action plan

2020 Advocacy outcomes:

Virtual youth summit cohosted with 350 Africa and SAY CCC
#TheFutureIs Campaign Launch South African Youth Day, 16 June 2020
Oped: Our future is not a game – #TheFutureIsNow
International Youth Day: Edited Video Compilation of all our declarations throughout lockdown
Week of Positive Action
Opinion piece published on News 24: Youth climate activists call for countrywide community support in response to Covid-19 crisis
Blog: DEATH BY COVID-19 OR DEATH BY AIR POLLUTION? IT SHOULDN’T BE A CHOICE
Blog: TIME TO BREAK THE COAL ADDICTION:
Green Times: Condemning eco-fascism in the time of COVID-19: ACA youth speaking about Eco-Facism
Daily Maverick: Police brutality – SA youth have their say
Daily Maverick: Our future is not a game – #TheFutureIsNow
Daily Maverick: Young people: No more ‘sit down and shut up’ when it comes to the environment
Daily Maverick: ACA youth member co-authors piece with Climate Justice Coalition- Climate crisis: Our young people deserve better
Mail&Guardian: The world’s warriors are under attack, but we must keep on fighting: (Response to assassination and murders of activists around the world)