Weather events in 2019 confirmed that climate change is here with us, no matter how deep into the sands anyone may wish to bury their head. It has been a year when millions around the world stood together to demand climate actions.

The storms came closer home, staring with cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The year sadly ended in a whimper at COP25 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. With nations dithering and seeking ways to avoid action and responsibility one would wonder whether policy makers see climate change as another arena for speculators, as a carbon stock exchange.

As usual, we bring you reports of our activities and of happenings in the environmental/climate justice space from around the world. Also, in this edition are articles that challenge us all to decolonize our minds as we grapple with the existential problems of climate change, food sovereignty and emerging genetic and climate technologies.

We also bring you a poem by Tekletsadik Belachew and books we believe you should read.

We must continually challenge oppressive narratives , fight coloniality and push ourselves to take liberating positions in the fight to forge the future that we want.

2019 was a year in which we got really inspired by youths in their push for innovative climate solutions. We were also inspired by fishers who stood firm in their struggles for the protection of marine ecosystems.We thank our regular contributors for their continued support.

We remain grateful to donors who have made it possible for your favourite magazine to reach you every quarter without fail. We request that you send us stories, poems and point us to books that should be announced on our pages.

We also look forward to reading your reactions.

From all of us at HOMEF: have a liberating New Year!

Until Victory!

Nnimmo Bassey

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