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African Activist is Safe… for Now

Remy still needs help. Now, with your support, he can tell the truth more freely. Please remain safe and be heard around the world.

Who is Remy?

Remy Zahiga is a young Congolese climate activist who has made it his mission to try and save the Congo Basin rainforest. To do this, he’s been planting trees in areas that have been damaged by mining activities, while also lobbying authorities to prioritize the saving of the rainforest...

The Congolese rainforest is being exposed to deforestation by large multinational companies, such as those cutting wood to be exported, because the wood is good quality and strong…

Mining companies have also increased deforestation through their activities because large parts of the forest must be cleared for operations. The biggest obstacle is that people who do this to the forest have influence and power, and therefore they are not held accountable…

Remy Zahiga at https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/save-congo-rainforest-indigenous-people/
Remy on 10 March 2021

Getting Remy to Safety

We had to operate in secret while we worked to get Remy out of the DRC. Thanks to a few early donors, in April we were able to get Remy out of the dangerous Goma area, and just last week we were able to get him a temporary place to stay with other African climate activists in Malawi. He’s there on a three-month tourist visa. This is not a long-term solution, and we need donations to keep Remy housed and safe while we find a more sustainable arrangement.

Update from Remy on 30 April 2021

Why this African activist still needs your help

Remy has been staying in a hotel while Dominic searched for more affordable lodging. Dominic found a shared rental for Remy on April 30th, which will greatly reduce the cost of Remy’s stay in Malawi. On Monday we wired funds to Dominic to secure the rental and pay Remy’s hotel bill.

Are you ready to step up and help save this brave young African activist in his work to protect one of Earth’s Three Green Hearts? Sign up here to be notified about how to get involved.

With the upcoming UN conference on biodiversity expected to focus on a proposal to protect 30% of the Earth by 2030, there has never been a better chance to protect Earth’s equatorial rainforests and restore them to health. You can listen to a 30 min interview with Paul Schaafsma on the 30×30 Campaign for Nature, that highlights the need to protect the Congo and all of Earth’s Three Green Hearts.

Climate activists like Remy need their voices heard. The Congo does not have enough public advocates, because of the perils of working there. Remy’s ability to speak for the Congo rainforest is invaluable right now.

Our goal is to help Remy with what are, in Malawi, modest living costs so he can focus on championing the Congo Rainforest and its indigenous peoples and centering their importance not only for Africa but for the world.

Millions of people depend on this forest for everything from medicine to agriculture, breeding land for their livestock, and water. As a result, many people’s way of life is in danger, along with the rainforest itself. That’s why I think it’s important to save this forest so we can also save the millions of people who depend on it for their livelihoods…

While we save the forest we must also be just as concerned about the people who depend on the forest. This is why I call on leaders at national and international levels to integrate the Indigenous people of the Congo at all levels of life. It won’t happen overnight, but it is possible.

Remy Zahiga at https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/save-congo-rainforest-indigenous-people/

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Most of this content first appeared on one of our other sites – Earths3GreenHearts.org

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