South Africa: This Week in Civil Society - Planning for the Restoration of Earth, a Sustainable Grant System and the End of South Africa's 'Book Famine'

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This week, activists around the world will focus on planning their climate crisis action for the next year and beyond. In South Africa, a coalition of civil society organisations will plan a campaign to increase and extend the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grants. in addition, activists will discuss their court challenge to end South Africa's "book famine".

There will be three days of climate action in the lead-up to the annual Earth Day on Thursday 22 April. It serves as a worldwide moment to pause and take stock of the progress on climate action.

On Tuesday 20 April, the observation will begin with a youth climate summit focused on panels, speeches and discussions. The following day, there will be a multilingual virtual summit where activists will discuss the role of education and educators in creating climate education. Earth Day itself will be marked by a global online event focused on this year's theme - "Restore Our Earth". The event will focus on solutions - from reforestation to citizen science. This can all be accessed here from 20 April onwards.

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