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  • Andy Teale

Balancing environmental solutions and social justice: How our research played a part at COP26

Rural Ugandan communities flooded as a result of climate change

Earlier this year, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, we conducted research into how young people in Uganda are being impacted by climate change.

And we're excited to say, this research was recently released as part of COP26 in Glasgow, to advise world leaders!

Following on from our newsletter last month that highlighted how climate change is causing inequality and poverty to increase due to its disproportionate effect on developing countries, the research found how tackling the world's environmental problems needs to be entwined with socially just solutions to succeed. For example, green strategies need to include education, training, and accessible income opportunities for young people.

We're proud to say that our business model at Eco Brixs, which creates income opportunities whilst recycling plastic waste, is reflective of these research findings. One of Uganda's core challenges is high youth unemployment (especially amongst marginalized groups), and a huge part of this is because the agricultural sector is becoming unstable due to climate change. Hence, this is why one of our core focuses is creating accessible 'green job' opportunities for the community.

Thank you to the University of Cambridge for collaborating with us on this research, and to The New Statesman for mentioning us in their article as an example of an organisation that is balancing environmental solutions with social justice. You can read more of The New Stateman's COP26 article here.


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