May 20 • 34M

“We should all be Climate Activists”

with Kelo Uchendu

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A brief note; show notes below

If this is your first time here, thank you for checking this out. And welcome back to all my subscribers (shout out to the new subscribers!!). 

After that podcast trailer, many of you have been asking, “what about the podcast”? I underestimated the time it takes to produce a podcast episode, but here it is!

I’ve promised this episode for too long, so I decided to change things and deliver the podcast episode before this month’s newsletter. It’s going to be about migratory birds (Happy belated Migratory Birds Day), and I can’t wait to share it with you at the end of the month! 

Next month, we will come back to somewhat regular programming, with newsletters every mid-month (unless it just cannot be helped), and podcasts some month-ends (I can’t promise every month).

Meanwhile here’s that episode we’ve all been waiting for.

"We should all be Climate Activists" --Show notes

In this episode, I chatted with Kelo Uchendu, founder of the Gray2Green movement, about how he became a climate change activist, and how he used climate education to start a climate action movement on a Nigerian University campus (which he plans to spread to other campuses). Kelo explains how and why everyone should join this movement.

You can begin your own journey through climate change education to activism and action by watching this story on the effects of climate change in Nigeria. You can also read this or that or both. 

Recently, I read a beautiful summary of the climate situation; “It’s real, it’s us, it’s bad, it’s going to get worse, there’s hope if we act now". The point is not to get depressed or scared, but to realize the scale of the problem, so that we can take action. 

I hope you would also be encouraged like I am by the sort of work that young people (like Kelo) are doing, and think about what little things you can do to help. Everyone can make a difference.

Head over to the Gray2Green website to learn about their work, and donate to the Green Chef (cookstove) project. Keep up with Kelo’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Get the transcript of the conversation here, for links to more information.

Photo: Markus Spiske via Flickr, CC BY 2.0) downloaded from the IIED website

Music: Owambe Riddim by Noza jr

Thanks to Adedotun Ajibade for helping with the transcript, and Gregory Haddock for improving the audio.