The 21st century will be the African century: African cities and youth populations are exploding! The climate crisis threatens the continent. Africa stands at a pivotal point in its history – the choices Africans make in the next decade will shape the nature of the African century and influence the wider world.
On April 2 African Crossroads members met online to discuss Climate Justice. Here are 10 key ideas on Climate Justice which emerged from the discussion.
Africa faces a myriad of social, political and economic challenges, which need urgent and concerted efforts to address. While the urgency for remedial steps is unquestionable, most important is the nature of steps.
Africa contributes less than 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions which is why many feel the fight against climate change is the responsibility of the first world. UNEP however details that no other continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa due to its considerably limited adaptive capacity
Machine learning is offering useful insights in areas of land use, yields, and peak time for harvest, input distribution gaps, and other contextual monitoring aspects that would help struggling farmers improve crop yields considering the impact of the climate crisis on crops.
In a bid to provide safe and drinkable water a non-governmental organization in Kenya has built a large-scale solar-powered desalination plant on the Eastern coast of the country. Such desalination projects address the rise in water scarcity due to climate change and contamination.
For the past decades rising sea levels and coastal erosion have threatened the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa. The sea has swallowed the coastline of Grand-Lahou’s old town at a pace of 1-to-2 meters a year to the extent that only one habitable village remains partially intact.
Sustainable, nature-based agriculture and clean energy can be the cornerstone of development that starts at community level, says Dr Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi.
Kenya’s failure to approve the development of a 600MW offshore wind farm in Malindi, south-east of the country, has resulted in the developers considering moving the project to Tanzania.