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EXCERPT | ‘They cropped out a whole continent’ – Vanessa Nakate in A Bigger Picture

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A Bigger Picture by Vanessa Nakate.
A Bigger Picture by Vanessa Nakate.

BOOK: In A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis (One Boat), Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate tells her story – and how she came to be a climate activist representing Africa on the world stage. She presents a new vision for the climate movement, based on resilience, sustainability and genuine equality. “Vanessa Nakate continues to teach a most valuable lesson,” said Greta Thunberg. “She reminds us that while we may all be in the same storm we are not all in the same boat.”

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing — or rather, what I wasn’t. It was a freezing cold day in January 2020, and I was scrolling through my social media feeds. I’d just finished lunch with other climate activists, who like me were in Davos, Switzerland, to urge some of the three thousand business leaders, financiers, politicians, opinion formers, celebrities, and other globetrotters attending the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) to get serious about the climate crisis. We’d held a press conference that morning, before which I’d posed for cameras with four other activists, and I’d stepped away from the dining area to find out how the media was reporting our message.

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