By Foresee Foundation
In a world grappling with the urgent need for climate action and social justice, the significance of collaboration cannot be overstated. Nowhere is this more evident than at the upcoming Caribbean Climate Justice Camp, set against the backdrop of this island surviving the horrors of Hurricane Irma.
Scheduled for March 28 to 31, at the University of St. Martin (USM), the Climate Justice Camp calls on representatives from local non-profit organizations (NPOs) and representatives from across the Caribbean to join hands in solidarity, to gain and share knowledge, strategy and network. This unique event, co-created and co-led by participants themselves, promises not only to be a platform for learning, but also a catalyst for meaningful change.
A Greenpeace's ROOTs program, this edition of the camp places a spotlight on tracks: The Energy Transition, Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience, Marine Conservation, and Gender, Justice and Climate. It's a comprehensive agenda designed to address the multifaceted challenges of our time focused on the Caribbean region.
At its core, the camp facilitates a focus on the spirit of collaboration and collective action. Participants will have the opportunity to share insights, best practices, and innovative solutions, fostering regional solidarity and amplifying the impact of grassroots movements. Whether you are a seasoned activist, a community leader, or are simply passionate about climate and social justice issues, this is your chance to make a tangible difference.
Riddhi Samtani, the driving force behind bringing the Climate Justice Camp to St. Maarten, emphasizes the inclusive nature of the event. With over 250 regional applications, of which only 100 will be selected, there's a palpable sense of momentum. However, Samtani stresses the importance of local engagement, urging Dutch and French side representatives to seize this opportunity. Additionally, there are 25 seats made available for local participation with an emphasis on active participation and meaningful contributions. As Samtani aptly puts it, "We don’t only need people to sit in chairs; we need people and organizations to bring value to the camp."
In a world facing varying challenges, the Climate Justice Camp is a platform for positive change and hopefully a testament to the transformative power of collaboration, connection, and shared purpose. “Let's unite in the Caribbean, not just to discuss, but to co-create, collaborate, and demand climate justice. Together, we can turn the tide and build a more sustainable and equitable future for all.” Samtani said.