Every year, Coal is responsible for over 800,000 premature deaths globally but despite its devastating impact on the environment and human life, we seem less and less concerned about lives lost yearly.
Food Security in Africa is now more critical than ever. By 2050, the continent is estimated to reach a population count of 2.5 billion people, and with the rate of food production unable to meet up with the population growth rate, more people are threatened with hunger and food insecurity.
You can arrest activists, but you cannot arrest the truth: In June 2021, three activists – Rob Callender, Daisy Pearson and Ben Wheeler, also known as the Westminster Three – were charged with criminal trespass under Section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Policing Act (2005) before a London court. Seven months earlier, on a cold November morning, they had peacefully climbed up the scaffolding on the corner of the UK Houses of Parliament to hang a ten-metre tall letter written by Africans to the people of the United Kingdom. It was a courageous effort to amplify voices from the Global South.
Our continent’s economy needs to be extricated from the colonial peonage maintained by African and foreign elites. We need an economy that centers Africa’s self-determination, our people and planet’s wellbeing.
The time has come for African leaders to amplify their voices in a combined effort to demand that G20 leaders prioritize global vaccine access for the majority of nations that desperately want to vaccinate their populations.