What is afrocado.cpt and Who is behind it?

My name is Gabriel Klaasen (He/They) , I am a 23 year old intersectional socio-environmental justice activist from Cape Town, South Africa.

I work in the social and environmental justice space. I have always had a passion for activism, not because its “trendy” but because I live in the realities of these injustices.

Growing up my family constantly moved. The early years of my life started off in Mitchells Plain, from there we moved in with extended family in Hanover Park. Shortly after to Claremont, followed by Lansdowne, Kenwyn, and now Gatesville.

In this time period of 23 years – a period in my life where I found myself and still find myself doing and learning new things – I was exposed to many different environments. Not only environments in the “eco” sense of the word, but in addition the social. I have witnessed and grown up surrounded by social and environmental injustices.

afrocado.cpt came about late 2019, early 2020 when a few of my friends – who also happen to freelance for this site – and I saw that there is a need for BIPOC representation in activism. The name afrocado.cpt “stems” from the word afro, avocado and our home City.

The hope is to raise awareness about social and environmental injustices through action and advocacy, as well as to share my journey as a bisexual coloured activist, and the stories of others – with the hope that the stories and journey might – inspire and mobilise others to take action as well.

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