|Her Excellency Mary Robinson|
|Paul Okong'o during an interview|
Milus, a woman farmer from Zambia urged world leaders to work with farmers from their level in order to tackle their problems effectively.'If you come to me and keep asking for audited books from a small scale farmer like me, where am l meant to get them?'She asked as the participants cheered on.
AugustineNjiamnishi, the Central Africa PACJA coordinator asked the audience not to seek sympathy from Her Excellency or any other leader. He encouraged Africans to demand justice since the culprits are known. He discredited those that thought climate change was an invention instead he urged leaders to avoid false solutions which Africa didn't need. In her wind up speech, Her Excellency Mary Robinson picked the baton from Augustine saying she didn't come for sympathy but to fight for human rights and justice. 'If your voice is heard directly there would be urgency,' she said of the limited involvement space for the civil society during this COP meeting.
She encouraged the caravanites when she said that world over the caravan of hope had received recognition especially because of how it brought so many people by road to Durban, South Africa for COP17.
Her Excellency also noted that farmers needed affordable renewable energy. This, she urged, would help farmers to farm and fish better.
The interactive session was wound up by Robert Chimambo, who is part of the PACJA steering committee. He warned that climate change was a 'titanic situation.' 'That even though Africa is sinking first, all other countries would soon follow suit.' He urged her excellency to send the message to world leaders that in dealing with climate change, the people on the ground needed to be consulted if there was to be any success.'
By Maria Wanza