We came to know Lekwa and Shelot after reaching out to folks at The Eco-Anxiety Africa Project (TEAP) wanting to hear from young climate leaders about eco-anxiety and other climate-related emotions, different ways to cope with these feelings, and specifically African perspectives in relation to a changing climate.
Concern about climate change is a global reality, with almost seven in ten people agreeing that it is “a very, or extremely serious, problem.” This concern resides in our bodies, affecting our emotions and overall health. Within that gigantic segment of concerned global citizens are people from many walks of life: young and old, publics and policy-makers, artists and business executives, islanders, desert farmers and major city-dwellers. The point is: no one is exempt from the effects of climate change, it is indiscriminate, as youth climate leader Lekwa Hope reminds us. At the same time, countries in the Global South – particularly South Africa, Chile, Kenya and the Philippines – showed the highest levels of concern.
Lekwa Hope and Shelot Masithi share their personal stories of understanding eco-emotions from their unique positions in the world. Lekwa is a sustainability champion and researcher with a focus on climate change, economic development, and closing the gap in climate education in Nigeria. Shelot is a young environmental activist from South Africa and the founder of She4Earth, an organisation educating children and youths about environmental crises with solutions rooted in Ubuntu.
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Join Shelot Masithi and Lekwa Hope In Conversation: Eco-anxiety informed by African Perspectives on 21 May, 4pm–5pm (WAT/BST). Please note this event is free but you have to register via this link. If you wish to donate then head to The Eco-Anxiety Africa Project (TEAP).
[Image description: a compilation of two portrait photographs set adjacently. The photograph to the left is a head shot of Shelot Masithi, her dark hair is worn in braids with blue streaks woven through the front. She wears a grey jacket, the collar frames her face as she expresses a gentle smile and her brown eyes sparkle. The photograph to the right is candid head shot of Lekwa Hope looking across a room where he is sitting relaxed on a desk chair. Lekwa wears a blue, red and white checkered shirt his hands resting are just visible in the bottom of the image. His inquisitive smile is framed by a goatee beard and the white cap he is wearing, with some indistinguishable orange text written on it.]
Posted on May 3, 2022
Categories: Arts, Health & Wellbeing, Climate & Culture, Decolonising Art & Culture, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Justice & Activism, Interviews
Tags: climate anxiety, eco-emotions, Lekwa Hope, Shelot Masithi, TEAP, The Eco-anxiety Africa Project