I speak with Anabela Lemos about the recent report about France thrustiing Mozambique into the fossil fuel trap.
Anabela Lemos is an environmental justice activist and founding member of JA! Justiça Ambiental (founded in 2004), and has been the Board Director since then. She also was a founding member of Mozambique’s first environmental organization, Livaningo, in 1998, which she left to start JA! She has always undertaken her activities, at both JA! and Livaningo as a volunteer. She has been working on environmental justice issues over 20 years. From the creation of JA!, aside from being the Director of the Board, she also coordinates the campaign to stop the proposed Mphanda Nkuwa Dam. She is also involved with JA! activities of research, campaigns, fieldwork, the Environmental Justice School and the newsletter. Anabela received the Mozambican National Environmental Prize in 2005. She is an advisor for the Southern Africa Board of Global Greengrants Fund (GGF). She is active in the GAIA network and in international campaigns against dams. She co-authored a book chapter called ‘Taking Ownership or Just Changing Owners’, in the book ‘African Perspectives on China in Africa’, edited by Firoze Manji and Stephen Marks and published by Fahamu and Pambazuka, in 2007.