Voices of Global Climate Change, Part II: Leo Atakpu

By Elizabeth Palmberg 04-24-2009

Nigerian activist Leo Atakpu is a busy guy -- he advocates for debt cancellation, opposes water privatization, and speaks out against climate change. He doesn't have a choice, because economic and environmental injustice are closely linked -- and he's seen the effects that both are already having.

Click here to listen to him give an example of how global warming affected one family in Benin City, Nigeria, when torrential rains -- falling outside of the rainy season because of climate change -- kill an elderly woman and destroy the family home while her grandchildren are at Mass.

Leo Atakpu is the national coordinator and co-founder of Nigeria Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation, and deputy executive director of the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice. Elizabeth Palmberg, an assistant editor of Sojourners, spoke with him at Ecumenical Advocacy Days.

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