People's Health HearingSaturday 7th November 2021
On Sunday 7th November, whilst the 26th Conference of Parties was taking place, we came together as part of the People’s Summit for Climate Justice for The People’s Health Hearing. More than 100 people joined from across the world came together online to bear witness to the public health impacts of climate violence, share stories of resistance and set out visions for health and climate justice.
You can now watch all the sessions from The People’s Health Hearing in English and Spanish and explore all the testimonies that were shared as part of the online gallery.
Submitted by Marcalee Alexander, The Journal of Climate Change and HealthBirmingham Alabama, USADay for Tomorrow – Sustain Our Abilities | People's Health Hearing
This video portrays people with disabilities from three continents, and professionals working in rehabilitation. It introduces the idea of the “Day for Tomorrow” as a sister to earth day.
Listener's Reflections with Tatiana Garavito, Ken Henshaw, Rosalinda “Maan” Tablang, Tammam Aloudat, Kanahus Manuel and Noemí Gualinga.Amazon, Ecuador, First Nations territory, Niger Delta, Philippines, Syria, UKSession 4 – People's Health Hearing: Health Justice Means Climate Justice, at COP26 People's Summit
Abi Deivanayagam from Race & Health and Ben Eder from Medact facilitated the closing session of the People’s Health Hearing. We welcomed all of the listener’s to share their reflection from the testimonies they heard throughout the day and from the online gallery, weaving in their own stories of resistance and visions for justice. Tatiana Garavito closed the hearing with an invitation to hold an object that will support us to remember the stories we shared and listened to together.
Submitted by C40 Cities & CREAGlobal
With John Leo Algo, Mulindwa Patrick Hans, Simmone Ahiaku, Julia Avila and Melvine Otieno.Africa, Amazon, London, Philippines, South Africa, Uganda, UKSession 2 – People's Health Hearing: Health Justice Means Climate Justice, at COP26 People's Summit
In session 2, Simmone Ahiaku, John Leo Algo, Mulinda Patrick Hans, Julia Avila and Melvine Otieno shared their testimonies from the UK, the Philippines, Uganda, Brazil and Kenya. The session was facilitated by Sophie Gepp from Health for Future and Amit Singh from Students for Global Health. To close, Tammam Aloudat and Noemi Gualinga shared their reflections as Listeners.
With Yasunidxs Guapondelig, Damiàn Verzeñassi, Goran Zangana and Observatory of Political Ecology of Venezuela.Argentina, Cuenca, Ecuador, Iraq, kurdistan, venezuelaSession 3 – People's Health Hearing: Health Justice Means Climate Justice, at COP26 People's Summit
Session 3 was introduced by Erika Arteaga Cruz from the People’s Health Movement Ecosystems & Health Circle and Kavian Kulasabanathan from Race & Health, re-sharing the candles lit in the first session, acknowledging all of us together coming into this space from across the world. We heard testimonies from Paulo Granizo and Nidia María Solíz Carrión from Yasunidxs Guapondelig, Damián Verzeñassi from InSSA, Goran Zangana and the Observatorio de Ecologia Politica De Venezuela, who shared their testimonies from Ecuador, Argentina, Iraq and Venezuela. We heard at the end of the session from Tatiana Garavito and Kanahus Manuel, who shared their reflections as Listeners.
With AkpoBari Celestine, Patricia Miranda, Gopal Krishna, Raki Ap and Mafel Macalanda.India, nigeria, Philippines, Punganay, West PapuaSession 1 – People's Health Hearing: Health Justice Means Climate Justice, at COP26
We started the People’s Health Hearing with Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay from the People’s Health Movement and Rhiannon Osborne from Students for Global Health setting out the space and the intentions for the day. Abi Deivanayagam from Race & Health invited us all to light a candle to mark the opening of the hearing. In session 1, we heard testimonies from Patricia Miranda, Akpobari Celestine, Mafel Macalanda, Gopal Krishna and Raki Ap bringing together their reflections from the Philippines, Nigeria, India and West Papua. To close the session, we heard from two of the listener’s, Ken Henshaw and Maan Tablang.
Submitted by Exaltación SaludArgentina, BuenosAires, Exaltación de la Cruz, South AmericaFumigadxs
Exaltación Salud is a neighborhood group founded in 2012 that works for food sovereignty and to eradicate pesticides.
We work in order to live in a healthy environment. It is not possible to grow healthy food in diseased land. Through our struggle we have succeeded in completely banning aerial spraying.
We won a court case to successfully ban the application of hazardous agriculture substances within 1,000 meters of homes, schools and waterways.
We are currently involved in several criminal proceedings for attacks against health and the environment, against producers who use dangerous pesticides and the authorities that allow it.
Submitted by PacchaBrighton, UK
Submitted by Liza Mungatia, EcoMoranAfrica, Kenya, Nairobi
Back in 2018, a coal plant project was proposed in Lamu, which is in the coastal region of Kenya. Most importantly, it is one of the listed world heritage sites by UNESCO. Besides the foreseen impacts of the plant on the world heritage site, the community and biodiversity were at a risk. Coal being a black energy, it produces a lot of carbon emissions that not only have a greenhouse effect but also health consequences. Community members in Lamu are majorly indigenous people that are very innocent to me and it is not fair putting them in such a vulnerable situation.
Already, they are struggling with existing climate change impacts such as drought, famine, and heatwaves. Hence, bringing another problem that is health related does not sit right with me. Health issues related with coal power generation include respiratory complications. In addition, the materials that were to be used in this process would one way or another find their way into the water bodies (mostly the Indian Ocean) and through biomagnification and bioaccumulation they could cause adverse health effects to both the marine animals and the community members such as cancer which with time could affect a higher population.
These unforeseen health impacts are what drove me to get involved in the advocacy and capacity building campaigns against the coal plant project in Lamu. I am happy to report that eventually the court of law halted the project in June 2019. I will live to pride in that activity because I believe we saved a lot that could have affected the community in Lamu negatively.