Youth Nature Futures for Southern AfricaAuthor(s): Nadia Sitas, Maike Hamann, Therezah Achieng, Joy Waddell, Hayley Clements, Odirilwe Selomane
Link to CST author(s): Dr. Hayley Clements, Dr. Joy Waddell, Dr. Maike Hamann, Dr. Odirilwe Selomane
Publication: CST Publications
Full reference: CST (2022) Youth Nature Futures for Southern Africa. Report. Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa. www0.sun.ac.za/cst/
What do sustainable and equitable “nature-futures” for people and planet look like? Visions for nature-futures are lacking, especially those inspired by the lives and perspectives of young people from the Global South. To capture visions of nature-futures as imagined by youth from southern Africa, the CST facilitated a series of online events in 2021 with youth organizations and networks operating in the region. These events provided space for young people to share their stories of environmental change and its impact on their lives. Participants were led through “futuring” exercises to stimulate discussion on what sustainable and just futures would look like to them. In addition, a competition was launched to promote the development of artworks and other creative outputs that represent youth nature-futures for southern Africa.