In 2011, I lead in the founding of the Bluebuck Network, through my then-role as leader in the largest student environmental organisation in South Africa, based at the University of Cape Town.
The Bluebuck Network is a national coalition of student environmental organisations that aims to affect climate justice through enabling young leaders, co-operation and broad-spectrum collaboration within South Africa and on the sub-continent.
It aims to support young leaders involved in environmental work by creating peer networks, linking organisations and individuals enhancing knowledge, experience and resources towards addressing climate change through directed action.
It further aims to assist through being a sharing platform that disseminates information regarding success and challenges in other parts of the region towards improving cooperation locally and internationally.
The name comes from the bluebuck, the first recorded large mammal to become extinct in Southern Africa in recent times. The name serves as a reminder of the need to make a tangible difference in leading climate action, develop sustainable visions for the future and get people thinking and acting differently.
Only months after its launch, the coalition managed to gain representation amongst the civil society organisations and, in the official ranks, alongside universities at the United Nations COP17 Summit in Durban, South Africa, 2011.
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