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#Women4theClimate: Spotlighting Fatou Jeng, a Gambian climate activist

Fatou Jeng

#Women4theClimate: Spotlighting Fatou Jeng, a Gambian climate activist

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Welcome to #Women4theClimate on CleanbuildVoices!

Today, we bring to center stage Fatou Jeng, the founder of Clean Earth Gambia, a Gambia-based NGO that is focused on gender, climate change, conversation, and environmental awareness.

Fatou Jeng is a youth climate activist who is interested in education conservation and tree planting. While pursuing her Masters from the University of Sussex,  she has educated over 500 school children about climate change and delivered environmental training to communities, youth, and youth organizations.

Through Clean Earth Gambia, Fatou, organizes outreach programs, tree planting, and cleaning exercises, and online debates to empower communities and raise awareness about growing environmental concerns. One of her objectives is to help people become more ecologically responsible.

Fatou was one of the young people who sponsored the release of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Youth in Motion for Climate Action document, which is a collection of youth agricultural activities aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

Fatou was also one of 30 young people chosen by the United Nations Youth Envoy office to help organize the first-ever United Nations Youth Climate Summit, which took place in 2019.

She has participated in several national and international programs on environmental issues and climate change as a moderator, speaker, and resource person, including the UN ECOSOC Forum in 2018 and 2019, COP23 and COP24, the Global Landscapes Forum’s 2018 Bonn conference, and the Action for Climate Empowerment Youth Forum 2018, among others.

Fatou has served as the Women and Gender Policy Operations Lead in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Youth Constituency (YOUNGO), where she has been leading policy submissions on gender and climate change since COP23.

Fatou has garnered numerous accolades and medals for her efforts to raise environmental awareness. A group of international NGOs, including WWF, the World Scout Movement, the African Alliance of YMCAs, and the African Wildlife Fund, recently named her one of the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders for 2021.

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