Constance Okollet: The floods swept my village away

Community Leader, Uganda

“Everybody will suffer if it continues like this.”

While linking any particular severe weather event to climate change is difficult, events like the 2007 flood that ravaged Constance Okollet’s village in Uganda are expected to become more common. And Okollet has refused to stay silent in the face of such a threat.

Okollet is a farmer, activist, and the chairperson of the Osukuru United Women’s Network in Eastern Uganda, a network of regional women’s groups that represent over 1,200 women. The network aims to tackle problems caused by climate change, including “starvation, drought and inadequate health care.”

Okollet, a mother of seven, is also a member of Climate Wise Women, a global initiative of the Earth Island Institute for the promotion of women’s leadership on climate change.

She has spoken about the impacts of pollution and climate change on villages in Uganda at the United Nations Climate Summit and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly on climate change and participated in numerous international events, speaking on behalf of her community for climate change consciousness and climate justice.

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