Colonial legacies and Climate Change

In this week's podcast I speak to Irene Asuwa about colonial legacies and climate change in Kenya. As well as how we can all fight for climate justice. Continue Reading Colonial legacies and Climate Change

Welcome to the 198th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month’s theme focuses on climate change, anxiety and mental well-being.  Today, I am honoured to be speaking to Kenyan climate justice colleague, Irene Asuwa to talk about colonial legacies and climate change In fact, we talk about climate justice and what we can all do.

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About my guest

Irene co-convenes Ecological Justice League, a collective of diverse community groups reclaiming, rehabilitating and transforming public spaces.

She sits on the National Advisory Committee of the Voices for Just Climate Action Alliance and in the Technical Working Group of an implementing consortium.

She is a social scientist currently supporting qualitative research on migration specifically urban displacement, and water governance.

In today’s show on Colonial legacies and Climate Change

  • About Irene and what she’s working on at the moment [01:50]
  • Her journey starting in the Kenyan countryside to activism. [04.19]
  • What the term climate crisis means to her. [07:28]
  • The legacy of occupation and colonialism in Kenya and how it contributes to climate injustice. [09:38]
  • What workplaces can do to support the climate movement . [22:12]
  • Her top three tips for looking after her mental health. [25:08]

Quotes on Colonial legacies and Climate Change

  • I felt I would make more impact if I went down to the people.
  • We still have settlers occupying the best arable land in Kenya.
  • People have less and less access to food and water everyday.
  • Citizens keep me hopeful and keep me going and let me know what is important.
  • I think it would make more sense to run anti-war campaigns and stop investing in things that harm the planet.

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