We are seeking personal donations and corporate sponsorship to cover the travel and participation costs of indigenous elders and environmental, social and youth activists from the Global South (i.e. Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and the Pacific). It’s crucial that we include these voices, people who generally can’t afford to attend without support. They have had least to do with causing climate change but, in many many cases, will be the hardest hit by it. Please consider donating, even just a little, to support their cause.
As of December 2018, we have raised sufficient funds to bring the following participants to CCC19:
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (USA/Mexico), a 17 yr-old indigenous climate activist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, the young US citizens currently suing their government for compromising their future.
Vandana Shiva PhD (India) is a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, science policy advocate and author of 20 books.
Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq (Greenland) is an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder from far North Greenland. He is a shaman, healer, storyteller and bearer of the Qilaut (wind drum).
Sadiq Austine Igomu Okoh (Nigeria) is an independent researcher, author, consultant and green economist. He is founder and CEO of the Carbon Free Africa Network working to bring resilience to schools.
Haroon Akram Gill (Pakistan) is a thinker, activist, journalist, presenter and teacher who writes, speaks and teaches to students, teachers, policymakers, businessmen and the general public about climate change.
Rhollent Kumwenda (Malawi) is an experienced community development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience, working with renewable energy technologies (particularly biogas) and economic empowerment in Malawi.
Anita Sanchez PhD (USA), an Aztec and Mexican-American, named Graceful Warrior, inspires people to discover and trust their gifts so that they become a life-giving connection to all our relations- people, earth and spirit.
Te Akau Wharehoka (New Zealand) is steeped in the language, culture and traditions of the Parihaka Māori. He brings the voice of the youth and hope for the future, whilst also building on the traditions of his ancestors.
Te Waka McLeod (New Zealand) is a speaker of Te Reo Māori language, passionate about bicultural progress that she champions in the corporate and political sectors, NGO’s, NZ churches and Iwi tribal communities.
Calixto Suarez Villafane (Colombia) is an emissary of his people, the Mamos Majores (Chief Elders). The Mamos are highly trained spiritual and secular leaders of the Indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Ceferino Cenizo (South Africa) is passionate about healing human-nature and human-human relationships through growing food biodynamically. He regenerates land, plants & animals to awaken our shared consciousness.
Aunty Pat Ansell Dodds (Australia) is a member of the Arrernte and Anmatyerr nations. She is a renowned artist, writer, lecturer, campaigner for Aboriginal land rights and expert in Aboriginal history and culture.
Tanya Dodds (Australia) is an Arrernte and Anmatyerr woman of Central Australia. Her passion is her people and culture and how they fit in the wider world. She has followed her elders in their pursuits of justice since a child.
Dr Ousmane Pame (Senegal) is Mayor of the Eco-town of Guédé Chantier. In the past 10 years, he has been supporting deprived school children through the distribution of free school materials.
Mugove Nyika (Zimbabwe) is Coordinator of a project for the greening of schools. He has vast experience as a community development facilitator focused on building resilience and food sovereignty in African communities.
Applicants Awaiting Further Funding
The following folk are waiting for more funding to come in. Please consider supporting these candidates to attend the conference and subsequently take the learning and inspiration back to their communities. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss.
TRUDY JURIANSZ (Sri Lanka) is a facilitator and educator, primarily working with women and youth. She holds a graduate degree in sustainability education and is an accredited trainer in ecovillage design and Analog Forestry. She is an experienced networker and her approach is about relationships and empowerment, about heart and action. She co-founded a democratic school in Thailand for refugees and migrants from Myanmar and managed a sustainability education centre in Sri Lanka that focuses on forest ecosystem restoration.
JENNIFER TRUJILLO (Colombia) is a consultant in organisational planning and networking, skilled in the transformation of social movements into participatory-leadership based organisations. She is a co-founder of the Impact Hub, Bogotá; co-founder of the Council of Sustainable Settlements of Latin America; and a Mechatronic Engineer involved in the construction of waste-to-energy facilities. Jennifer is a change agent of the Warriors without Weapons Programme of the ELOS Institute in Brazil and was an expedition member of the Clean Energy Voyage, Antarctica.
VISOLELA NAMISES (Namibia) was elected to the National Assembly in Namibia in 1999 and served as an MP until 2005. There, she argued for the protection of minorities (e.g. gays and lesbians) and for the government to make drugs available to those with HIV. Visolela has endured many years as a political prisoner in Namibia, often in solitary confinement. She has been a board member of the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia since 1997 and Chairperson of the National Literacy Committee since 1999. She is a mother of 3 and grandmother of 3.
MARGARITA ZETHELIUS (Colombia) Margarita Zethelius is a biologist from Colombia with an MSc in Conservation and Rural Development. A skilled networker, she is part of Berkeley University’s Environmental Leadership Program and WWF’s Education for Nature Program. Margarita works principally on the inclusion of grassroots initiatives and the development of education strategies for Afro-Colombian, indigenous and peasant communities. She is experienced in sustainable development, strategies for improved communication and education for nature conservation.
SAAD DAGHER (Palestine) is cofounder of the Palestinian Agro-ecological Forum, which provides training in Palestine and works to promote sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty. He specialises in agroecology, an area of study and practice aligned with permaculture. Saad has been an advocate for organic agriculture since his studies in Russia in the 1980s, and has extensively tested his concepts in field trials. He is the founder of the Humanistic Farm in Mazari al Noobani, Palestine, a demonstration site for agroecology best practise.
GABRIELA MARTINEZ (Colombia) is a psychologist with a specialisation in Somatic Psychology. She has studied trauma-related issues since 2004 and, since 2009, has explored ways to contribute to the integral and sustainable healing of social and individual traumatic wounds in Colombia. Gabriella is a co-founder of Corasoma, a non-profit organisation dedicated to healing pain and trauma, developing psychosocial interventions based on trauma informed care, and aiming to restore the social bonds caused by violence and armed conflict in the country of Colombia.
HARU KUNTANAWA (Brazil) is a leader of the indigenous people called the Kuntanawa in the state of Acre in the Brazilian Amazon. He has dedicated his life to fighting for his peoples’ traditional territory in the Brazilian Amazon, protecting local biodiversity and advising the Ministry of Culture to include indigenous peoples as part of Brazilian cultural diversity. He has also worked with the Secretary of Health for indigenous peoples of the Vale of Jurua district to promote quality of health for the region’s peoples.
DR MARGARET HALLE (Brazil/USA) is an internationally recognised medicine woman, Chinese Medicine doctor, and teacher in various modalities of healing. She brings a unique blend esoteric tools and practices with the understanding of modern and western sciences, connecting people of all walks of life to ancient healing traditions. Together with her husband, Haru Kuntanawa (above), they create a unique space for healing.
PATRICIA GUALINGA (Ecuador) is a leader of the Sarayaku people of Ecuadorian Amazon and president of TIAM, the newly created Foundation of Human Rights. She was a key protagonists in the victorious struggle against oil exploitation in her country, where she has personally received death threats. Patricia is a powerful international voice for a rising movement of Amazonian women.
Other Funding Options
There are several other aspects of the conference that also need funding support: in the performing and visual arts; with making a film of the event; with setting up live-streaming hubs before and during the conference; and finally, with follow-on action after the conference. If any of these causes are of particular appeal to potential donors or sponsors, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss. We can certainly channel your contribution accordingly.