ACDI Newsletter September 2019: Climate change and development news, events and opportunities.

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*Highlights*
*How much of climate change is natural? How much is man-made? *
ACDI Director, Mark New, was asked to answer this question for Climate Explained – a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre. Mark’s article is part of The Covering Climate Now series, which is a concerted effort among news organisations to put the climate crisis at the forefront of their coverage. Read more .
*The trouble with trees: what is the benefit of afforestation?*
Hailed as a resolution in the fight to reduce greenhouse gases and global warming, tree planting programmes have been seen as a major player in conservation. But, new research by William Bond, Nicola Stevens, Guy Midgley and Caroline Lehmann questions the viability and validity of large-scale afforestation. Might we be barking-up the wrong tree to protect Earth’s fragile environment? Read more .
*Reflections of recent ACDI interns*
The ACDI’s internship program is designed to expose interns to a wide range of experts, topics and tasks within climate change and development research to help them prepare for the next stages in their careers. The internships are especially beneficial for graduates who are considering a career in research, including those considering further study, or those interested in areas of work related to research such as project management, fundraising or communications.
Recently, we’ve had four interns working with us. In these blogs, Bulelani Maskiti , Mandy Sigametsi Phuti , Rob McNicoll , and Grégory Guilleme describe their internship experiences. *Events*
As part of *Politically Aweh’s* special month of coverage on the climate crisis in South Africa , they are hosting a youth-led roundtable to discuss solutions and action for South Africa. Politically Aweh’s Aman Baboolal will be in conversation with youth activist Ayakha Melithafa (YouLead Warrior, spokesperson and recruitment official for African Climate Alliance) and Tatenda Muponde (candidate attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights). *Event details*: 26 September at 18h00, University of Cape Town. Watch the livestream of the event on YouTube and Facebook .
*Environmental Humanities South*, a research centre at the University of Cape Town, is holding a series of seminars on the overall theme: “Towards an African ecopolitics: alternatives to neoliberal green”. *Event details*: Thursdays, 13h00 for 13h15-15h00, in the HUMA Seminar Room, 4.02 Neville Alexander Building, UCT. Seminar series details .
*Climate youth strikes *are growing in number worldwide, and in September people everywhere will walk out of their homes and workplaces together and join young strikers in the streets to demand climate justice and emergency action to tackle the climate crisis. *Event details*: 20 and 27 September 2019. Read more .
The *African Climate Risks Conference *will be held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 7-9 October. The theme of the conference is: Dismantling barriers to urgent climate change adaptation actions. *Deadline for registration: 30 September*. Read more .
*5th Global Climate Smart Agriculture Conference*: Transforming food systems under a changing climate. *Event details*: 8-10 October 2019 in Bali, Indonesia. Read more .
*International Conference on Innovation and Interdisciplinary Solutions for Underserved Areas (InterSol 2020): * *Event details*: 8-9 March 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. *Deadline for submissions: *16 October 2019. Read more . *Jobs*
The *Urban Ecolution research programme*, which is jointly hosted by the ACDI and the University of York, UK, is looking for a part-time project coordinator. This project, supported by the International Development Research Centre of Canada, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, UKAID, African Academy of Sciences, UN Economic Commission for Africa and pan-Africanist WISER, aims to predict synergies and trade-offs of water-related green infrastructure for climate adaptation in peri-urban areas in Namibia and Tanzania. Results will be used to devise and disseminate strategies for the planning and management to enhance socialecological resilience, now and in the future. The role is based at the University of Cape Town, and the successful candidate will be expected to devote approximately 2.5 days/week to the role over six months (October 2019 to March 2020). Read more . *Grants and Fellowships*
*The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York*, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowship . The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research. *Salary*: $67,530. *Deadline: 30 October 2019* for 24-month appointments starting in 2020. Read more . *Training*
*Environmental Justice MOOC: *This free 5-week online course is open to everyone around the world and focuses on understanding how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, and exploring justice in environment management. Learn with the University of East Anglia’s Global Environmental Justice Group and hear from activists around the world. Share your own experiences with other learners from many different backgrounds. Available in English and Spanish. *Event details*: starts 14 October 2019. Read more .
*Making Waveforms*: Short Certificate Course November/December 2019: Making Waveforms is an outdoor-education-meets-art-activism program championing global water justice hosted by Rhodes University’s Environmental Learning Research Centre in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s Future Water Institute . Add your voice to the Cape Town Water Museum by making a creative and critical, site-specific video. Drawing from the notion that people are experts in matters that pertain to their own lives and wellbeing, the aim is to map how and why certain water sources are chosen by Cape Town’s citizens and the many ways that water is meaningful in their lives. Both a physical and virtual museum are being created. Videos made by participants in the Making Waveforms program will become part of the Cape Town Water Museum and will be launched at Iziko’s South African Museum. Read more . *Donate* Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the ACDI. You will be helping us to deliver our program of strategic climate change research and capacity building in Southern Africa. *Copyright © 2019 African Climate and Development Initiative, All rights reserved.* Because you are part of our wider climate change network.
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