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Wangui's Environmental Leadership

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I am excited to announce that I have been ACCEPTED to the Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) 2018 taking place between 25th July and 11th August in Oxford, UK!!!! GESA brings together graduate students, practitioners and activists who are concerned about the human dimensions of  environmental challenges we face today for a 3 week programme that includes intensive multi- and transdisciplinary training with diverse academics and professionals,  mentorship on project development, creative communication, and opportunities to cross-collaborate with participants from other parts of the world.

As part of the programme, participants are required to fundraise the course fee, £2,190 (€2,500). The fee covers registration, accommodation, tuition, field trips and materials. Being based in London, I will thankfully not have to pay flight costs. I will cover my own food and local transport during the duration of the course from part-time work and dance teaching. 

I am turning to you my family, friends, supporters, and believers in the dream for regenerated African environments and societies to help me raise the £2,190 to cover the course fee in the next 30 days. 

Here is my story: My earliest memories of my family’s first home located in a town on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, are of following my mother as she planted in the family garden, machete moving deftly to turn the soil in rhythm with the three maize seeds she dropped in each hole.

My journey has taken me from that garden in Kenya to the United States where I studied Environmental Science and Urban History focusing on design, waste, pollution, environmental conflict and environmental justice. Now, as a young woman studying a Masters in African Studies with Environment in London, I find myself asking how an indigenous, creative and rooted environmental movement that integrates Earth-based contextual knowing, practice and educating, and regenerates connections to African cultures and histories can ensure that all of us thrive, the Earth included.

The power imbalances of the world have meant that African ways of knowing are marginalised and considered ‘not-knowledge’. In contrast, my studies have made me understand Africa as fluid, complex and relational. My dance practice and experiences growing up gardening remind me that diverse knowledges, including embodied and spiritual knowledge, are necessary for a renewed world. Reflecting on earlier years of schooling and their abstractness and silences shows me the critical need for a different way of educating youth that builds their self- and earth-knowledge and critical understanding of the world. I also realise the deep need for those working to safeguard their environments to connect to each other to share strategies, learning, and hope. 

I applied for GESA seeking a space that could hold and nurture these dreams and connect me with other passionate and committed environmental leaders professionals, activists and educators all working to build a new world. I am looking forward to collaborating on projects around food sovereignty and environmental education with co-participants.

Help me get to GESA 2018 by contributing and sharing my campaign, so I can take more steps on this journey to bring to life visions for a better earth and work collaboratively with others doing the same.

Às̩e̩. Ashe oleng'.

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Tomorrow is the last day that my campaign will be live. During that time we managed to share the campaign so many times that in a few days it was trending on gofundme's platform and raise £1,349, over half of my fees. A huge thank you to you all. For sharing in my dreams and dreaming as well. For your support, sharing and contributing.

GESA has notified me that they will award me a partial scholarship to cover the remainder of my fees and this is also incredible, meaning I am going to GESA 2018!!!!!!!!!

Between then and now I will continue to focus on my research and prepare for the programme start in July.
During the programme I will blog my reflections on my experience at my blog: fromtheroots.co.ke Do follow along there and participate :-)

Àşę. Ashe oleng'
In power and gratitude
Wangũi.
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I just received news and confirmation that I am going to be one of the final participants in GESA 2018!!!! And we're over halfway on the campaign target!!! Thank you all so so much for sharing, and contributing to my campaign - part of what is considered in deciding final participants is how much fundraising they have done themselves and so this is also thanks to you and your dreaming with me.
Keep sharing and contributing - every little bit counts! 2 weeks to go.
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We are 2 weeks to the close of my campaign and I'd like to share my blog with you. One of the ways in which I try and influence the environmental and social sphere us through sharing stories. I started my blog while travelling for a year researching how communities in low income urban areas dealt with their challenges holistically, meaning taking into consideration social, ecological and economic concerns. This holistic view is what to me is the environment - all that surrounds one, and includes seen and unseen dimensions too. I have continued to write my blog since 2013. Do follow along: https://fromtheroots.co.ke

With 2 weeks to go and being about halfway I'd like to ask you to contribute and (re-)share my campaign with a friend (or friends on social media) and along with it share why it resonates with you. What dreams would you like to cocreate and what stories do you want to tell about the environment?
Let's do it together.
Aşę. Ashe oleng'
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It's my birthday! We've reached a third way on my crowdfunding campaign in 1 week!! Thank you so much to all of you who have contributed to my campaign. Thank you for dreaming with me!

I am currently working on my African Studies + Environment dissertation and I want to share a bit about what that is on. I will be exploring endogenous African theory and practices to articulate principles that will allow for regenerated environments and societies in Africa. GESA will provide me a platform to share my ideas with other people and get feedback, as well as work with others to bring these ideas and more into an environmental education process for the future.

£1,500 to go - keep sharing and contributing to help me get to GESA 2018!
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