MOUNA CHAMBON
Age: 22 / Project: GenderProjectCliMates

Mouna is a MSc student in Geopolitics at La Sorbonne. Through her studies and her experience at COP 22 in Marrakech, she became receptive to the impact of climate change on human societies and the notion of climate justice. She thus carried out a research project on the nexus between gender and climate change in the Vanuatu Archipelago, which resulted in a photographic exhibition at the REcyclerie in Paris in June 2017. She also launched the “gender and climate change” section within the CliMates NGO, which is an international think-and-do tank on climate change gathering both students and young professionals.

Mouna launched the “Gender and Climate Change” project in January 2017. This project intends to document the gender-bias of climate change, while considering at the same time the opportunity of women to empower themselves in this context. Although the goal of my project is global, our actions are undertaken at a local scale, in the city of Paris.

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Throughout my studies, I had the chance to travel between three continents and to experience life in contrasting cultural environments. This insight made me realise the global inequalities between North and South. Moreover, I was deeply affected by the impacts of climate change in all the regions that I have visited. (...) From then on, I resolved to commit myself towards sustainable development. As a young woman, I feel it is the responsibility of our generation to impulse a change towards a better and more sustainable planet. Therefore, I engaged myself towards climate action with a particular focus on the human rights dimension. I defend the vision of a world where justice and equity are placed at the core of responses to climate change. My engagement to climate justice encompasses two spheres: academia and activism.

In my academic work, I have developed an expertise on the nexus between climate change and gender. I am currently working on my Master’s thesis that is concerned with the exploitation of a palm tree species for craft activities by women in Madagascar in the context of climate change. (...) Furthermore, since 2016, I joined the CliMates network, which is a member of the UNFCCC observer constituency of youth non-governmental organisations (YOUNGO). Within this scope, I was able to participate at COP22 in Marrakech and, more recently, at the SB46 in Bonn.

“I have a dream” affirmed the American civil rights activist Martin Luther King in his notorious public address during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. In the 21st century, my personal dream is to live in a world where the climate crisis acts as a window of opportunity for promoting equality across the world as well as empowering the most vulnerable and marginalized of this planet. 

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