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'My passion for environmental justice got ignited amidst the rolling hills of Zimbabwe. Growing up, I saw firsthand the devastating impacts of a changing climate—droughts that withered crops, floods that ravaged communities, and the widening disparities they created. I became inspired and determined to become a leading voice in Africa for climate action, humanitarianism, and the empowerment of women and girls. 

My journey began at a young age, as I started talking about climate change within my own community. Recognizing the power of collective action, I founded the Emerald Climate Hub, an organization dedicated to mobilizing young people for environmental sustainability and climate responsiveness. But my work now extends beyond activism; with the Emerald Climate Hub, I'm developing sustainable solutions to climate change through innovation and technology in rural areas.  I really believe that a fair world is a sustainable world, and so I've become a pretty fierce advocate for gender equality. 

Now, working as a She Changes Climate Ambassador, I've been highlighting how women are disproportionately affected by climate change and I try to champion their critical role in building resilience and climate solutions. I work to empower women and girls as leaders, providing them with the tools and platforms to shape climate policies and drive ecological innovation. My work is both at both grassroots and international levels. I've been able to represent African youth voices at global conferences, demanding ambitious climate action and the inclusion of marginalized communities in decision-making. I am able to bridge the gap between theory and practice, so this seems to be earning me the respect of policymakers, environmentalists, and communities alike. 

Feeling determined, I co-authored Wait Don't Waste It, a childrens climate change book and articles, and it is now inspiring a new generation of environmental activists. I am increasingly sought-after as a speaker, especially on climate change not just as an environmental issue, but as a matter of human rights, justice, and equality. 

So I feel I'm no longer a climate activist alone, but can reshape the discourse around environmentalism and empowering those often left behind. I really believe that a greener, more equitable future is within reach, but only if those most vulnerable are given the chance to lead.  

In 2023 I was honored to be awarded the African Mirror.  It's an award recognizing humanitarian services, and I've tried to use the local and international media to advocate and lend my voice for communities most affected by the climate crisis.' 

-- You can follow Tafadzwa and her work here on LinkedIn and here on Twitter

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