Vanessa Nakate Drawing - 6" X 9"
Inspired by Greta Thunberg to start her own climate movement in Uganda, Vanessa Nakate began a solitary strike against inaction on the climate crisis in January 2019.
For several months she was the lone protester outside of the gates of the Ugandan Parliament. Eventually, her peers began to respond to her calls for action on social media which were designed to draw attention to the plight of the Congolian rainforests.
Nakate founded the Youth for Future Africa and the Africa-based Rise Up Movement. In December 2019, she was one of a handful of youth activists to speak at the COP25 gathering in Spain.
In early January 2020, she joined 20 other youth climate activists from around the world to publish a letter to participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling on companies, banks, and governments to immediately stop subsidizing fossil fuels. She was one of five international delegates invited by Arctic Base Camp to camp with them in Davos during the World Economic Forum. The delegates later joined a climate march on the last day of the Forum.
Shortly thereafter, the Associated Press cropped Nakate out of a photo she appeared in featuring Greta Thunberg and activists Luisa Neubauer, Isabelle Axelsson, and Loukina Tille after they all attended the World Economic Forum. Nakate called the AP out, accusing them of racism. They later changed the photo, and on January 27, 2020, AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee tweeted an apology on behalf of the AP.
This portrait comes from my illustration series titled "Visual Activism." It was inspired Vanessa's impassioned message; "When I say I'm a climate activist I mean that I am a fighter for the planet and a better future for everyone!"
Series 2020. Signed original. Black ink on cold-pressed, eco-friendly + vegan, heavyweight, archival watercolor paper. 6" W x 9" L.
Each drawing is packaged in a clear, archival, flap-seal sleeve, and is protected between two archival backing-boards to ensure safe + sound shipping and delivery. Ships worldwide.
Prints featuring this image are available here.