Ken Henshaw is the Executive Director of We the People, a civil society organisation based in the Niger Delta cities of Port Harcourt and Calabar.
He has 17 years’ experience, working closely with communities in the Niger Delta where oil and gas have been extracted for decades with devastating environmental, health and social consequences. He works with indigenous forest dependent communities losing land and livelihood rights due to the UN supported carbon reduction scheme, REDD+. His work is focused on ensuring clean up of decades of environmental pollution, that the rights of indigenous people are respected and protected, community livelihoods lost to pollution are restored, and the rising effects of climate change are mitigated.
Ken keenly monitors the unfolding impacts of climate change and hydrocarbon pollution on communities; participates actively in the global climate movement space as well as in local and international forums on climate change impacts. His research works interrogate Nigeria’s plans for combating climate change and driving a just transition. He is passionate about projecting community voices in global conversations around climate justice and environmental remediation―strengthening community agency in engaging government& corporate powers
He has lived his entire life in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.