A Female
Fight for the

Many African regions and also populations are already strongly affected by climate change. Young women from all over the continent are searching for solutions.
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In Europe, Fridays for Future are striking for action on the climate. Sweden’s Greta Thunberg and Germany’s Luisa Neubauer have achieved cult status. These activists are now on international stages negotiating with business and politics about how much change is needed, how quickly and who will pay for it.

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EACOP pipeline through East Africa
Who profits from the new oil?
Activists want to stop the pipeline. Uganda’s president and TotalEnergies promise jobs and an upswing for the country. But who really benefits? An investigative analysis of big promises.

A few thousand kilometres further south, the 1.5-degree temperature increase has already been exceeded. Cities are sinking, land is drying out, coasts are slipping away and certain crops simply won’t grow where they have for millennia: this is already the reality in many African countries. Young women in Africa are particularly affected by the consequences of the climate crisis. Although they engage in climate activism, they are hardly ever invited to international negotiating tables. Or if they are, they’re cut out of the picture afterwards, like Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate.

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World’s Longest Heated Pipeline
Oil wells in the national park
Total will soon produce oil in Uganda in areas inhabited by elephants and giraffes. And that may be just the beginning. Here is our visual investigation.

Our year-long project is dedicated to women fighting the climate crisis in African countries. Not only are their means of protest often different, we can also learn from their solutions. Over the next few months, you’ll find regular new portraits, interviews, interactive visualisations of climate impacts, and on-the-ground reports here.

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Consequences of Climate Change for Africa
Who is damaging the climate most - and who suffers the consequences
In Germany, the consequences of the climate change are more of a abstract nature. On the African continent, it occures otherwise – even though the continent contributes less to the climate change than others
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Fossil fuel
Is Africa’s coal boom just getting started?
Coal is on the rise in Africa. This is devastating news for climate protection. However, there are alternatives, and things could work out very differently.
The project

The global climate movement is being shaped by young women. In Europe, activists like Sweden’s Greta Thunberg are in the spotlight, or Luisa Neubauer, the German face of “Fridays for Future.” Activists from Africa are often overlooked, despite African countries being much more affected by the climate crisis. The Tagesspiegel will accompany female climate activists from Africa for a year as part of a research project. We’ll look at their projects on the ground to combat climate change, as well as their attempts to put pressure on international politics through global networks.

Funding: The research project is funded by the European Journalism Centre under the European Development Journalism Grants program. This program is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Team

This research is a team project realised by multiple editorial departments, journalists, designers, and developers from The Tagesspiegel. Here are some of them:

Eric Beltermann
Web Development
Benedikt Brandhofer
Nina Breher
Text & Research
Cordula Eubel
Project Lead & Research
Sidney Gennies
Project Lead
Tamara Flemisch
Web Development
Hendrik Lehmann
David Meidinger
Data Visualization
Sinan Reçber
Text & Research
Gurmeet Singh
Paul Starzmann
Text & Research
Thomas Weyres
Art Director
Helena Wittlich
Text & Research
Imke Wrage
Text & Research
Published 6 October 2021.
Last updated 16 May 2022.