Just another tourist?

I read an article today about Kibera in Kenya’s first copy of Big Issue magazine that I bought at the World Social Forum. It opened: “For tourists arriving in Kenya for holidays, their itineries are never complete without a visit to Kibera, Sub Saharan Africa’s largest slum settlement…” Regardless of the other important content in…

Day 11 Nairobi

While here in Nairobi a thoughtful water consultant from Brisbane e-mailed me to let me know about her recent work at Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. She heard that Global Young Greens were in town and thought that we should make contact with a Kibera youth group. Unfortunately I received the e-mail after the conference had…

Day 10 Nairobi

Had an easy-going morning of wandering around the World Social Forum looking at stalls and doing a spot of shopping. 🙂 Around noon I attended a Climate Change workshop on carbon trading and strategies. Basically the workshop was separated into 3 groups: 1 group to discuss carbon trading as a concept; 1 to debate the…

Day 9 Nairobi

Enjoyed a morning of looking at stalls at World Social Forum and an afternoon wandering the city. Today is Hannah from Tasmania’s 17 birthday so there will be celebrations tonight. Must dash! Elissa. www.evakuator-servis.com/ http://www.europosud.ua

Day 8 Nairobi

All the GYGs are slowly leaving camp so it’s very sad to say goodbyes. Received 2 gorgeous goodbye gifts from two 16 year old girls from South Korea. 🙁 We braved a nightclub last night and had an absolute ball. Africans kept trying to teach us how to dance (obviously we looked really bad). Elissa….

Day 7 Nairobi

Registered for World Social Forum today. Huge event. Huge logistical nightmare. I don’t envy the organisers and it’s a bit of a shamozzle but I reckon they’ve done a great job. There’s about 50-60 simultaneous workshops 4 times a day so it’s incredibly difficult to choose. I’ve been opting for Climate Change workshops and human…

Day 5 Nairobi

I may not get a chance to write a proper entry for a while, so I figured I’d take the time – while I’m in an internet cafe – to write about today’s experience. Today is Day 1 of the World Social Forum. What an incredible experience. We began in the slums of Nairobi and…

Day 4 Nairobi

Global Young Greens EXISTS!!! Yes! Today was an historic moment for young people all over the world – and for the future of all life on this planet. We agreed on an organisational structure, a list of principals and also elected an organising committee featuring 16 young people from 4 regions: Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific…

Day 3 Nairobi

This morning we went to a forest that was saved from development by the Green Belt Movement and community. Development had started and they still managed to reverse the decision. The forest is now protected by armed rangers to prevent poachers and bushfires. We had a tree planting ceremony funded by Global Young Greens to…

Day 2 Nairobi

Today was the first day of the Global Young Greens Conference. Many groups representing NGOs and political parties from many countries presented their groups and issues. An overwhelming and emotional experience for me. In the afternoon, we broke into groups and started discussions about Global Young Greens to find common ground. The evening back at…

Day 1 Nairobi

Have arrived safe. Can see green as far as the eye can see. We are camping in the gardens of a student hostel. Young africans and blaring music TV abound. We have 24 hour security guards. Toilets clogged day 1 with 100 people to arrive today. Have met young men from Nigeria, Republic of Congo,…