About Willemien Calitz

Willemien hails from South Africa and is currently completing a masters in media studies. She has written for The Verb for several years, focusing on Southern Africa, climate change, violence against women and children and queer issues. Working in communications, Willemien is passionate about people and ideas.

Latest from Willemien Calitz

Vox Pops With the Global Youth

Willemien Calitz | December 13th, 2011

During the final days of the UN climate talks (COP17) youth were keeping their hopes up for an ambitious deal. I asked a few about their COP17 experiences and where

Keeping Faith When All Hope Is Lost

Willemien Calitz | December 10th, 2011

Dear Minister Mashabane This morning a Namibian radio station, Kosmos Radio, phoned me to ask how the negotiations were going. “Any news?” they asked excitedly. No, I thought. At least

COP17 President assures youth of influence in climate talks

Willemien Calitz | December 3rd, 2011

All delegations at the United Nations climate negotiations (COP17) in Durban are in agreement that there should be a Green Climate Fund (GCF). At a briefing on Friday with global

South African Youth Researching Their Water Futures

Willemien Calitz | December 1st, 2011

South African high school students take research into their own hands to offer suggestions to Minister Xingwana on tackling water issues.

Africa: On Fire from Space

Willemien Calitz | November 29th, 2011

Thirty per cent of the Earth’s surface is affected by fire. Fire destroys forests and vegetations which are our sources of food – it is both a driver and an