There is not enough funding going to climate action, and it is not reaching the ones who need it most, especially youth grassroots movements on the front lines of climate injustice. Youth-led funds are disrupting this reality with their missions to shift power and resources. This session will explore their successes, lessons and challenges, and explore what more is needed to support the unheard and under-supported youth grassroots movements fighting for ambitious implementation of just transitions globally.
The Youth Climate Justice Fund, the Climate Justice-Just Transition Donor Collaborative, and the Green Africa Youth Organisation convened a roundtable to emphasise the lack of funding going to climate action, and particularly youth grassroot movements that are on the frontline of climate injustice.
During this high-level event members of the Climate Justice – Just Transition Donor Collaborative will reflect and report on their learnings and achievements over the past 3 years.
The morning was hosted by Joshua Amponsem, Founder, Green Africa Youth Organisation and Strategy Director, Youth Climate Justice Fund, and speakers included Farhana Yamin Director CJ-JT Donor Collaborative, Joice Mendez, United Nations Secretary General Youth Climate Advisor, Elizabeth Wathuti, Kenyan activist, environmentalist and Founder of Green Generation Initiative, Kat Cadungog, Executive Director, Foundation for Environmental Stewardship and Wanjira Mathai, Managing Director for Africa and Global Partnerships, World Resources Institute. The discussion centred around tangible solutions for supporting youth grassroots movements on the frontlines of climate injustice. Currently less than 2% of global philanthropy goes toward supporting organisations working on climate mitigation, 0.5% of which goes to the global south.