Kisilu’s reflections of COP 21

The COP went well. The movement was organised and entertaining. The events were attractive and a lot of people were sharing stories about climate change from different countries. Almost every country showed that it is affected by climate change, so I got courage because I am not alone in the challenges. I shared information with a lot of people and getting new information from them.

Kisilu with Julia and Julie from Differ Media, who have been documenting Kisilu's travel to the COP 21

Kisilu with Julia and Julie from Differ Media, who have been documenting Kisilu’s travel to the COP 21

Many people showed positive response to the screening of the film. I was asked a lot of questions and people showed concern. They had many comments and I enjoyed it. One of the best moments at the COP was my event. I had a chance to talk to an international audience and I was part of panel discussion. I received a lot of questions and managed to give answers.
I also loved the marching in the city. Because I was marching together with people from different countries. It gave me a feeling like I was marching with brothers and sisters.
I also loved the way of sharing stories and information at the COP. There was no discrimination and people showed interest and were listening.

Kisilu and Spire at a big demonstration in Paris against climate change

Kisilu and Spire at a big demonstration in Paris against climate change

I feel that I have done well at the COP and I am looking forward to a positive feedback from the final agreement. I am not expecting anything bad and if challenges arise with the agreement, I expect them to be sorted out.

What I hated was the way our leaders decided to organise themselves. Probably they could be doing something good for us, but they need to include our contribution and demands. I thought it would be better if I could have met with my leaders directly. In that way I was not successfull. If I had had a chance to speak to my leaders, I could have tried to influence them and to make them understand the effects of climate change. Now I am waiting for the result of the COP. I feel like I have had less input than I expected, but I did my best.

Kisilu at official side event on the topic of "climate smart agriculture" in Africa

Kisilu at official side event on the topic of “climate smart agriculture” in Africa

Now I am going home to my activities and to my family. For one month they have missed me and I am also missing them.  I have a lot to tell my family and my community about my international colleagues in the spirit of climate change fighting. I will continue the fight at home and involve my community. I will request that we organise ourselves in order to take part with the full force of fighting because the whole world is doing the same. There is future in the fighting. I learned a lot from different people. For instance ways and strategies of fighting against climate change, bringing people together and new techniques to do this. I now have strong tools in bringing people together, discuss issues with them and find a solution together.

Kisilu meeting Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org

Kisilu meeting Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org

Overall, the travel to Paris has been were nice, entertaining and comfortable. Spire and other colleagues have contributed for the facilitation so the trip was very good. I am now ready to continue my work at home with new energy and spirit.

Text written by Kisilu Musya, pictures taken by Spire members

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