A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
With song and stories, people around the world are taking to the radio airwaves, sharing the realities of the climate crisis and calling on people to take action in the lead up to the 2011 UN Climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa.
From 21 November through 2 December 350.org, supported by Oxfam, are inviting people to use the power of song and our voices to take the climate movement to the airwaves.
A group of African musicians including Angelique Kidjo, Zap Mama and Talib Kweli have created a new song, which you can download for free, titled “People Power.” This inspiring song explores the devastating impacts that climate change is already having in Africa and throughout our world, and it calls us to action.
In Africa, where this year’s major UN Climate Conference is taking place, many people, especially women, rely on being able to grow their own food to survive. But the changing climate is having a devastating impact on their crops.
The goal of Radio Wave is to create a global wave of radio broadcasts playing this powerful song, discussing the local and global impacts of climate change, and calling on listeners to join the movement for change. By building a critical mass of people talking about climate change we can highlight the urgent need for progress in the UN climate negotiations.
Sound like something you want to be part of?
Start a wave in your community
Join the global Radio Wave by arranging a radio interview with your favourite DJ or radio host, to play the free song and to give your own story of how climate is affecting your community and what you and your community are doing about it!
Resources to help you start a wave
> Download the free ‘People Power’ song> Download a sample script for an interview and key talking points about climate change impacts, Radio Wave and the upcoming UN climate negotiations. > Visit 350.org to register your wave: make sure to record ‘Oxfam’ in the same field as you record your name and to check out their handy resources about organising a radio interview> Coming soon: Download free 30 second stories from climate affected communities in South Africa designed to be played on radio