Advocacy in action

This October  the CCPM Malawian students came together for a workshop in Lilongwe to discuss how to improve climate literacy in their communities.

The CCPM supports climate justice groups at Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR) and the Catholic University of Malawi in Blantyre because improving climate literacy across Malawi is part of its advocacy work.

Students from both universities were joined by SCIAF Policy Officer, Ben Wilson and Trócaire Malawi Climate Justice and Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, Phillip Nyasulu to work on new strategies to underline the dangers of climate change in their communities.

The group from LUANAR are planning on developing a range of jewellery made from recycled materials to promote environmental awareness that will display in their communities and around local schools. The Catholic University of Malawi group intend to create music, art and poetry about the threat of climate change they will tour around local schools.

Delilah Mbvundula, 21, of LUANAR climate justice group said she was excited to be involved with the CCPM,

“Climate change has been an issue for a long time and in Malawi we are really starting to feel the impact. I would like to say I know there’s a lot of people out there who don’t believe climate change – if you don’t see the impacts today they are still coming for you – so we need to hold hands and fight for climate justice.”

SCIAF Policy Officer, Ben Wilson said, "It was amazing working with these students, they really understand the issues around climate change. These are really committed, dedicated young people who are ready to take action in their own country.”