16 Facts About Vanessa Nakate


Vanessa Nakate was born on 15 November 1996 and is a Ugandan climate justice activist.


Vanessa Nakate grew up in Kampala and became prominent in December 2018 after becoming concerned about the unusually high temperatures in her country.


Vanessa Nakate founded the Youth for Future Africa and the likewise Africa-based Rise Up Movement.


In December 2019, Vanessa Nakate spoke at the COP25 gathering in Spain, together with the young climate activists Greta Thunberg and Alejandro Martinez.


In October 2020, Vanessa Nakate gave a speech at the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture urging world leaders to "wake up" and recognise climate change as a crisis, tying it to poverty, hunger, disease, conflict and violence against women and girls.


Vanessa Nakate started the Green Schools Project, a renewable energy initiative, which aims to transition schools in Uganda to solar energy and install eco-friendly stoves in these schools.


On 9 July 2020 Vanessa Nakate was interviewed by Angelina Jolie hosted by Time magazine about the power and importance of African voices in the climate justice movement.

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Vanessa Nakate was announced by the United Nations as the SDG 13 young leader in 2020.


Vanessa Nakate was featured among OkayAfrica's 100 Women is an exclusive platform to pay homage to 100 women of excellence among the diaspora during Women's History Month.


Vanessa Nakate was mentioned among the most influential young Africans in 2020 by YouthLead.


Vanessa Nakate was a keynote speaker at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2021 on 16 March 2021 alongside other notable world leaders.


Vanessa Nakate's delivery included criticism of the German Federal Foreign Office as organizers for screening the input from youth climate activists that was not applied to other invited speakers.


Vanessa Nakate has been appointed as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.


Vanessa Nakate is on the council of the Progressive International, an international organisation promoting progressive, left-wing politics.


Vanessa Nakate has criticised capitalism, linking it to environmental degradation.


Vanessa Nakate was on the list of the BBC's 100 Women announced on 23 November 2020.