Citizens’ Climate Lobby Africa Growing Fast

The CCL ABSU local chapter held its inaugural meeting at Abia State University, in Uturu, Abia State, in southeast Nigeria, on February 22, 2017. The meeting was held as part of the opening of a new Center for Renewable Energy, and was one of the largest events of the year. The University suspended classes, so students could be part of the event and deepen their understanding of and participation in climate action, both energy solutions and civic engagement. More than 500 students participated in the event. 

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The CCL ABSU local chapter now has 35 full volunteers, and is planning to build on the success of this first event. The meeting was convened, and the CCL ABSU group launched by the Rev Sister Lilian Ifeoma Chibiko, a renowned, pioneering renewable energy engineer and civic leader in her own right. 

There are now 13 active local chapters of CCL Africa, in 10 countries:

  • CCL Kampala — Uganda 
  • CCL Nairobi — Kenya 
  • CCL Abidjan — Côte d’Ivoire 
  • CCL Dar Es Salaam — Tanzania 
  • CCL Bamenda — Cameroon
  • CCL Blantyre — Malawi  
  • CCL Garki Abuja — Nigeria 
  • CCL Banjul — The Gambia 
  • CCL Kano — Nigeria 
  • CCL Lagos — Nigeria
  • CCL Kumasi — Ghana
  • CCL Cape Town — South Africa
  • CCL ABSU — Nigeria

Coming up this weekend, CCL Freetown will launch in Sierra Leone. There are also new groups in development in Mogadishu (Somalia), Kubwa-Abuja and Afikpo EbonyI State (Nigeria). 

At Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we thank David Michael Terungwa, our Africa Coordinator, for his tireless work in empowering volunteers across Africa. 

For more information about joining CCL, visit CitizensClimateLobby.org

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About Joseph Robertson

Joseph is Global Strategy Director for the non-partisan non-profit Citizens' Climate Lobby. He is the lead strategist supporting the Acceleration Dialogues (diplomatic climate-solutions roundtables) and Resilience Intel—an effort to move the world to 100% climate-smart finance. Joseph represents CCL in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the UNFCCC negotiations, and other UN processes, and is founder of the Geoversiv Foundation and Live Your Democracy—an online periodical promoting engaged, non-partisan civics. His articles appear from time to time in the Guardian.