Ahead of COP27, young African climate activists speak out

The COP26 talks on climate change have to take into consideration Africa’s demands. Climate change has caused devastating impact on Africa, and droughts, floods, and storms increasing in frequency. African nations have to act in defense of their populations and demand that richest countries assume responsibility for their carbon emission. It’s time for the south of the planet to be compensated for the loss and damages caused by climate catastrophes. Africa has the chance to show that it is concerned about climate change when it participates in the COP26 conference. It is our responsibility to use this chance to force action from wealthy nations that contribute the most to the problem.

1. What’s the purpose to include representatives from the global south in climate negotiations?

There are a few reasons why it is crucial that the world’s south is included in climate negotiations. First, the global south is most affected by the effects of climate change. This is due to various factors including the fact that many nations in the world’s south reside in subtropical and tropical areas and are therefore particularly susceptible to the negative effects of climate change. A lot of countries in the global south are dependent heavily on agriculture, fishing and other natural resources. They’re particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Global south is also home to a significant portion of the people in the world.

2. How come some activists of the youth generation claim that wealthy nations should be responsible for massive emissions cuts and compensation for loss and damage caused by extreme weather events?

Youth activists have suggested that the rich should take on the burden of massive emission reductions as well as for compensation for loss or damage caused by the catastrophic climate events for a myriad different reasons. First, developed countries are the ones that have released the largest amount of greenhouse gasses since the dawn during the Industrial Revolution, and so have a higher responsibility for climate change. Second, the developed nations have the financial resources and capability to lower their carbon footprint substantially, and also provide compensation. A lot of developing nations lack the resources to do this. Thirdly, developed countries are able to reap economic benefits from fossil fuels. the developing nations have frequently borne the brunt of climate impacts. Countries that are developed account for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions.

3. What are the most notable weather-related disasters the global south has endured?

Global south has been struck by a variety of climate-induced catastrophes. These include floods and dry spells, along with wildfires. People have experienced devastating consequences due to these events, including death tolls, damages of infrastructure, and displacement. They are expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change which could have devastating effects for those most in need.

A Quick Review

The majority of the developed countries have used the recession and conflict in Ukraine to justify their failure to tackle the effects of climate change. Climate activists in the younger generation of African nations have high demands but have no expectations of attending the UN climate summit that begins on Sunday. Rishi Sunak who wasn’t keen to attend the UN climate summit following Johnson’s poorly-conceived energy policy and Truss’s doubts about net zero, has now become our main problem. The lack of engagement from nations that are developed isn’t going improve the situation in any way even a bit.

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