Age of Stupid is a climate change film, ForumCC took the opportunity of the premier of this movie to sign up people for the Tcktcktck Campaign before Copenhagen and Marc Wegerif (ForumCC Assistant Convener) gave a little speech before each showing of the movie to help raise awareness on climate change.
It’s in Our Hands CC Concert - translated from Swahili “Ipo Mikononi Mwetu”, the concert featured over 20 artists and a drama group. It took place at Mnazi Mmoja in the heart of Dar es Salaam. The concert was a way for the Forum to reach to the general public and create awareness about climate change. We also used that opportunity to promote the CC song “aintgotnothin” by the Tcktcktck Afro Collabo which ForumCC supported. Crowds of people swarmed around the grounds as the artists were performing and shouting CC messages.
To bring to the fore unheard voices of the local people in Tanzania as their livelihoods are being affected by climate change and not much has been done to help them adapt. The Minister of State for the Environment in the Vice President’s Office, Batilda Buriani was among the panelist at the hearings.
This was a global movement on climate change where people all over the globe came together and celebrate for a single moment. That day was October 24, 2009, when around the world over 5,200 actions took place in 181 countries. It was what CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in history.” In Tanzania, ForumCC organized a local action to build a big 350 sand sculpture at the beach and before that ForumCC member UWABA (www.uwaba.or.tz) organized a bicycle caravan that carried climate change messages
The objectives of the event included bringing together Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in Tanzania with climate change issues or on areas of work affected by climate change. In bringing them together the organizers wanted to create the opportunity for organisations to share experiences, learn from each other, develop an improved understanding of climate change and find ways to combat climate change effects in the country.
The event also brought CSOs together with Tanzanian Government and development partners thus contributing to all sectors having a common level of understanding on what is happening in Tanzania with regard to climate change and what official and other steps are being taken to respond. Participants at the event were from all of the above mentioned sectors.