Desmond Tutu

South African social rights activist

Another voice drawing on a history of anti-apartheid campaigning to consider climate change, Tutu is one of the elders of South African activism, a charismatic and well-known voice which resonates powerfully the world over. A retired Anglican bishop, Tutu is also one of a growing number of people making a faith-based case for climate change action, and utilizing religious communities and resources for campaigning. Although at 82, he limits his activity in public life, in April this year he called for an ‘apartheid-style’ boycott for climate, arguing “People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change” and boycott events, sports teams and media programming sponsored by fossil-fuel energy companies.