Accelerating Climate Action

Accelerating Climate Action

Accelerating Climate Action

Awareness> Opportunities> Action

Purpose of Climate Connection foundation

“Accelerate the AWARENESS of urgency in Climate Change, Impact, Justice and Solutions &
drive Climate Mitigation ACTION

Increase awareness on climate topics through education, on:

  • Climate change causes & impact
  • Climate Justice
  • Solutions & opportunities

Generate, spread & connect relevant projects & initiatives:

  • Identify
  • Generate
  • Visit
  • Connect & exchange

Urgency of climate awareness & action in Africa

  • With nearly 20% of the world’s population today, Africa accounts for less than 3% of the world’s energy‐related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to date and has the lowest emissions per capita of any region.
  • Africa is suffering disproportionately from climate change, a topic raised in Climate Justice efforts.
  • Africa has an estimated 40% of the world’s renewable energy resources, and only 2% ($60 billion) of US$3 trillion renewable energy investments in the last decade have come to Africa.
  • 43% of its total population (600 million people) still lack access to electricity, most of them in sub‐Saharan Africa.
  • The conservation, rehabilitation and climate-informed management of biodiversity and ecosystems increases will advance progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Due to the information and awareness gap, Climate Education is considered one of the key solutions to accelarate Climate Action for mitigation and adaptation.

Background

  • Marjon Castelijns spent 8 years in Africa from 2009 to 2017, living in Uganda and working on a range of development projects in sub-Sahara Africa.
  • Since then, she has been working in Energy Transition for over 5 years in the Netherlands and gathered an immense amount of knew knowledge and experience.
  • It is now time to go back to combine her previous experience in East Africa with the climate and energy transition experience and knowledge and her “changemaker” and “networking” skills.
  • Marjon will tour East Africa with her 8-year-old daughter Ella, leaving July 2024, for about 9 months.
  • While enjoying the travel, Marjon aims to create the maximum positive impact possible on Climate Awareness and Action.
  • The goal is to increase climate awareness and climate action locally and between Europe and Africa and create lasting connections.
  • They will drive in a 100% electrified Land Rover Defender 110, charging on solar, and will organize workshops at schools along the route and bring companies, organisations and projects together during “Climate Connection Weeks’ in the main cities to generate and accelerate climate action.

Background

  • Marjon Castelijns spent 8 years in Africa from 2009 to 2017, living in Uganda and working on a range of development projects in sub-Sahara Africa.
  • Since then, she has been working in Energy Transition for over 5 years in the Netherlands and gathered an immense amount of knew knowledge and experience.
  • It is now time to go back to combine her previous experience in East Africa with the climate and energy transition experience and knowledge and her “changemaker” and “networking” skills.
  • Marjon will tour East Africa with her 8-year-old daughter Ella, leaving July 2024, for about 9 months.
  • While enjoying the travel, Marjon aims to create the maximum positive impact possible on Climate Awareness and Action.
  • The goal is to increase climate awareness and climate action locally and between Europe and Africa and create lasting connections.
  • They will drive in a 100% electrified Land Rover Defender 110, charging on solar, and will organize workshops at schools along the route and bring companies, organisations and projects together during “Climate Connection Weeks’ in the main cities to generate and accelerate climate action.

Travel Plan 2024 -2025

  • Depart for Eastern Africa summer 2024
  • Drive zero-emission in a retrofit electric Landrover Defender 110 4×4, solar charged
  • Accelerate awareness on Climate Change and its impact in Eastern Africa throughout the region and in Europe
  • Increase climate action locally and between Europe and Africa and create lasting connections to spark opportunities.
  • Connect people and organisations in the region during workshops and project visits
  • Define concrete opportunities, actions and projects
  • Involve partners for continuation of activities after the trip

Trip route

2024 Q3: Kenya

Kenyan coast, then a.o. Mombasa, Nairobi, Western Kenya.

2024 Q4: Uganda

Enter Uganda, then a.o. Jinja, Gulu, Kampala, Masaka, Mbarara

2025 Q1: Rwanda &Tanzania

Enter Rwanda, to o.a. Kigali then Tanzania o.a. Arusha, Dodoma and Dar es Salaam

+/- 7000-8000KM in East Africa

Trip route & Climate Week locations & schedule*

Mombasa: Aug ‘24
Nairobi: Sept ‘24
Kampala: Nov ‘24
Kigali: Feb ‘25
Arusha/ Dar es Salaam:
March/ April ‘25
Example schedule:

Travel car

  • November 2023: Purchased second hand Landrover Defender 110
  • December/ January 2023: Convert car to camper, remove combustion parts
  • February/ March 2024: Convert Defender to 4×4 electric drivetrain using EV Europe kit
  • April-June 2024: Drive in Europe to create awareness of the project, visit collaborating organisations
  • July 2024: Ship car to Mombasa
  • The solar elements will be mounted on the roof

Activities during the trip

1. C-C Workshops on Climate Change & Mitigation:

a. Education:

  • Climate Fresk : causes and effects of Climate Change
  • Project Drawdown”: solutions
  • Darel Education Energy Transition Masterclass The Global and African perspective (incl. Climate Justice)
  • Example partner projects/ initiatives
  • The organisation or participants decide on the topics/ focus

b. Co-creative working session

  • Idea generation
  • Action plan

2. Project Visits:
Climate Mitigation Projects of/for Partners:

  • Perform C-C workshop on-site
  • Create exposure of projects (on website)
  • Assess the project (on request)

3. Communication

  • Website & socials, webinars
  • Reporting:
    • General report publicly available,
    • Customised reporting for project partners
  • Website & socials, webinars
  • Reporting:
    • General report publicly available,
    • Customised reporting for project partners

Target groups for workshops

Workshop approach

The total group will be divided in sub-groups of +/-10 persons

Workshop steps (total 3 hours):

  1. Climate Connection card game which raises participants’ Climate Change knowledge, by creating a cause & effect drawing
  2. Place grouped solutions inspired by “project drawdown” on the cause & effect drawing
  3. Place provided, relevant, local example projects/ initiatives/ companies on the drawing
  4. Plot the group’s projects/ ideas/ initiatives on the drawing
  5. Create action plan for the group

Target groups for Climate Connection workshops for professionals

1. Private companies
2. NGO & (Semi-) Governmental organisations:
  • Local and I-NGOs
  • Embassies
  • Country representatives
  • Governmental institutions
3. Other professionals (individual)

Projects/ initiatives to visit

Example target projects/ initiatives:
- Reduce/ change sources:
  • Electricity (Energy Transition)
    • Solar, Wind, Hydro, Geothermal,
    • Transportation
    • E-mobility, Enhance Efficiency
  • Food, Agriculture, and Land Use :
    • Forest Protection & Reforestation
    • Protect and Restore Nature Ecosystems
    • Agroecology, Intercropping
    • Plant based diets
  • Buildings:
    • Clean cooking
    • Solar water heating
- Support carbon removal/ sinks:
  • Land sinks (see land use)
  • Coastal & Ocean sinks
  • Engineered sinks
    • Biochar
    • Perennial biomass production
    • Bamboo production

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Team

Founder:

  • Marjon Castelijns

14 years in sustainability, 8 years in Africa, 5 years energy transition, 2 years education in energy transition.

Board:

  • Jelte Bosma

30 years in upstream Oil & Gas; 7 years in energy transition consultancy & education.

  • Godfrey Kiwumulo

10 years East African businessman, 3 years Founder Vanilla Point, regenerative Vanilla farming.

  • Anne Rietveld

17 years’ experience Research 4 Development in Africa (many different countries); Low-emission Food systems; Agroecology; Gender equality, youth and social inclusion.

  • Joost Brinkman

22 years sustainable energy experience, accelerator of numerous sustainability & climate initiatives such as co-founder of Cycle4Climate and SinkIt.

Volunteers

  • Eline Sanders
    Graduated Biology at Utrecht university. Eline will be supporting Climate Connection with strategy, content and preparation of the East Africa trip, and also support workshops and project visits during the travel in 2024-2025.

Team

Marjon Castelijns

Founder

14 years in sustainability, 8 years in Africa, 5 years energy transition, 2 years education in energy transition.

Board Members

Jelte Bosma

30 years in upstream Oil & Gas; 7 years in energy transition consultancy & education.

Godfrey Kiwumulo

10 years East African businessman, 3 years Founder Vanilla Point, regenerative Vanilla farming.

Anne Rietveld

17 years’ experience Research 4 Development in Africa (many different countries); Low-emission Food systems; Agroecology; Gender equality, youth and social inclusion.

Joost Brinkman

22 years sustainable energy experience, accelerator of numerous sustainability & climate initiatives such as co-founder of Cycle4Climate and SinkIt.

Volunteers

Eline Sanders

Graduated Biology at Utrecht university. Eline will be supporting Climate Connection with strategy, content and preparation of the East Africa trip, and also support workshops and project visits during the travel in 2024-2025.

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