Ruby Sampson joins the Centre for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR) Climate Democracy and Justice Summit in Europe.
In July, Ruby Sampson travelled to Belgium and Greece representing South Africa as a Youth Climate Ambassador for the CUNCR. This provided her with an opportunity to learn about International Environmental Laws and Policies, and at the same time to bond with Climate Activists from around the world while rafting and hiking in the Epirus Mountains.
In March this year, Ruby started the African Climate Alliance (ACA), now an international organisation unifying climate activists across Africa fighting for Climate Justice. A climate activist since the age of eleven, she is encouraging peaceful protests and positive climate action in Africa and has been interviewed by companies such as the BBC and iGeneration in Washington DC. ACA, headed by Ruby as President, organises a strike at the end of every term to protest the lack of climate action in South Africa. These strikes are youth-led, legal, safe and non-violent.
Whilst applying for the Climate Ambassadorship at the Centre for United Nations Constitutional Research, she was writing her mid-year exams and organising the next climate strike! She was delighted when the CUNCR not only accepted her, but offered her a fully funded experience - paying for accommodation, flights and food.
In Brussels, she was learning about International Environmental Law, spending her days discussing ways of mounting pressure on the giant emitters like the USA and China to refrain from backing out of the Paris Agreement. She was also able to visit the European Union Parliamentary Buildings and snap a picture with a piece of the Berlin Wall. Then it was off to the Island of Corfu for a few days, and then over to the mainland to the Epirus Mountains. Each day a new professor, climate ambassador or professional gave multiple lecturers on the current day's theme.
The single best thing the course taught Ruby was the amazing news that the African Charter is the only policy in the world to relate environmental rights (including ecological destruction) to human rights! A huge breakthrough for the climate action movement. This news provides incredible motivation to all climate activists, and shows the world that Africa is leading the way in legal environmental law.
Ruby is deeply grateful to CUNCR for sponsoring Ruby Sampson to travel to Europe, meet other climate ambassadors and learn some astounding skills! There was some even more exciting news for her: out of all of the other ambassadors and professionals on the course - was offered a job which she shall be starting this week.