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 coordinates the building of CCL's citizen engagement groups on 5 continents, leads the Citizens' Climate Engagement Network and represents CCL in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, UNFCCC negotiations, and other UN processes. He is a member of the Executive Board of the UN-linked NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and of the Policy and Strategy Group for the World We Want. He is also the founder of Geoversiv.net and the Geoversiv Foundation and the lead strategist supporting the high-level climate dialogue series Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation.