Advocates4Earth hosted the 3rd ANNUAL YOUTH SYMPOSIUM ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION under the theme “Climate Adaptation in the Global South”. The symposium was held at the Cresta Churchill Hotel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from the 12th – 13th of November 2020.
Over 35 representatives form youthful groups, academia and activist formations participated in the 3rd Annual Youth Symposium on Human Rights and Socio-Ecological Transformation. This was in line with Advocates4Earth’s objective of seeking to build a united movement of concerned and well informed young environmental activists in the community, civil society, academia, labour, research institutions and political parties who research and actively advance the cause for a socio-ecological transformation in Zimbabwe and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Paper presentations were made by ten speakers namely; Kudzaiishe Seti a teaching assistant for Great Zimbabwe University, Rejoice Kuda Svinurayi a legal professional, Rufaro Matsika a Climate Justice Researcher, Terrence Muvoti a public policy consultant, Wendy Chipara a researcher and Mufaro Mpofu a lawyer who works at Masawi and Partners legal practitioners and Lenin Chisaira, the Director of Advocates4Earth. Ms Tanyaradzwa Muzenda the Advocates4Earth Campaigns and Litigation Coordinator also presented including Brian Stanleck from Manyame Conversation Trust, iJean Gaeta Nyurahayo of Arrupe Jesuit University and Rumbidzai Chinyemba of Midlands State University.
For this symposium, Advocates4Earth was looking for papers and discussions that are grounded in the social, economic and environmental human rights impacts of business and the extractive industries in Zimbabwe. The organisers and editorial team will compile the final papers into the People and Earth Journal (Volume 3: 2020) to be published later in 2020.
The annual symposium targets young scholars and researchers working in African universities and research centres; youth representatives amongst labour unions, practitioners and civil society activists working in the areas of extractives, environmental, social and economic justice, human rights, resource governance, and other issues in the broad area of sustainable development.