The voices of people living close to the uMhlangane River, like those of other low-income populations around the world, are not often a part of the international climate change dialog. To promote climate justice, the “Community Voices on Climate Change” project makes visible the local population’s knowledge and existing understanding of climate change and environmental issues. The project was initiated in 2013 by the former INK district manager. His observation: when development projects do not take into account and build upon local knowledge, the interrelationship of poverty and environmental degradation often goes unaddressed. The main outcome of this project: stimulating new ways of thinking about the relationship between the local population and climate change.
This project encompasses the following activities, carried out in cooperation with staff and students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and building on INK district management’s existing contacts with the UKZN Department of Community Development:
In February 2014 stories from the townships were published as a collection titled "Community Voices on Climate Change" (pdf, 23.9 MB). The booklet may be borrowed for educational use through the Bremen Information Center for Human Rights and Development (biz).