The European Union parliament has passed a resolution that calls on Uganda and Tanzania to halt their oil and gas projects, stating that the immense risk to the surrounding communities and further contribution to worsening climate change is not worth it. While their sentiments are true and well documented, the state of their own failures in tackling climate change or curbing fossil fuel emissions brings their interference into question.
African leaders have criticised wealthy nations, who are among the worst polluters, for failing to turn up at a climate change summit in the Netherlands. The only Western leader to appear in person was the Dutch host, PM Mark Rutte.
Leaders across 31 African countries are committing to fighting climate change, rural poverty, and the erosion of the continent’s biodiversity, through the restoration of nearly 128 million hectares of land. Is such a concerted effort possible? What are some of the projects that are already underway?
The West seems more fixated on spending social wealth on the military rather than addressing the climate catastrophe.
The informal plastic recycling sector in Kenya does not fairly compensate waste pickers making it a very exploitative circular economy. Mr Green Africa is changing that by purchasing directly from their sourcing agents or waste pickers, who are some of society’s most marginalised people.
We don’t face multiple separate crises. The system itself is the crisis. The global system is not in a crisis that can be resolved. The system is crisis and must be overcome, replaced and transformed.
With every second city and town projected to suffer increased flooding, South Africa must be better prepared.
South Africa needs to urgently invest in smart early-warning systems and start climate-proofing its infrastructure.
Africa is facing a climate crisis. The continent stands in a precarious position due to the rapid changes in the climatic conditions. The floods in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa have devastated lives, a reminder of how a changing climate will continue to fuel extreme weather patterns.