My Humanity Lies in You | Catherine Constantinides | Alumni Spotlight

My Humanity Lies in You | Catherine Constantinides | Alumni Spotlight


How do we move South Africa forward, taking
each and every South African with us? My name is Catherine Constantinides. I’m a proud South
African, international Climate Activist, and Human Rights Defender. The work that we do through our organization “Miss Earth South Africa” leadership program and “Generation Earth” are vehicles of
environmental change. Being in spaces that not only remind us of
the reality of our past, but also inspire us for the greatness that our future holds
for us, are important elements in building the nation that we believe is possible. Future generations are critically important. Young people must be a part of the solutions to all the challenges that we’re currently facing. Orange Farm is a very important part of the
work that we do. It is a community and a township that has been forgotten, and it’s a space
and area that we’ve worked in for more than 15 years. The impacts of water security, food security, and waste management are important elements to us. We’re so intrinsically linked
to the environment, and it cannot provide for us if we constantly take it for granted. Greening schools and greening township communities are important parts of the work that we do. We are really planting the roots of the kind of values that we want to instill within the next generation of leaders. It changes the trajectory of young lives and the kind of futures that they will have. We use the environment as the vehicle, but the core golden thread is simply social cohesion and addressing social justice. This is the intersect between climate change and human rights. My work in the last five years has seen me work actively in the Saharawi refugee camps, seeing first hand for myself the impact of climate change on these
refugees and the human rights violations of a people the have been forgotten. We have to ensure that young people, specifically women, are given opportunities and platforms that they’ve been denied in the past. If we are able to take young women, inspire them,
and give them hope, we are going to build the country that our
Freedom Fighters fought for.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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