Expertise: Climate activist , Conservation
Fatou Jeng is a youth climate activist in Gambia, focused on education, conservation and planting trees. She is internationally recognized as an organizer of youth climate action in the country, including hosting the National Youth Conference on Climate Change, country coordinator and global board member for Plant-for-the-Planet, and a Friday for Future organizer. She also has served as a moderator, speaker, and resource person for several national and international programs on climate change including COP23 and COP24, the Global Landscapes Forum’s 2018 Bonn conference, Action for Climate Empowerment Youth Forum 2018, and more.
Jeng also founded the youth lead and non-profit organization Clean Earth Gambia. The goal of the organization is to create awareness about issues concerning the environment, most importantly climate change. As well as work to teach and train more than 500 school children about climate change as well as environmental issues to local communities.
In 2019, she was one of thirty people selected for the first ever UNFCC YOUNGO, i.e. the youth delegation to the Climate Negotiations. At the United Nations convention she was a driving force for policy submission on gender and climate change as well as the policy operation lead for Women and Gender. She also helped facilitate youth engagement during Africa Climate week in 2019.
Fragile countries have to be supported if they are to fight the climate crisis
Climate Justice is Key: Fatou Jeng on COP26