Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 April, 2021 — With the US President Joe Biden’s ‘Leaders Summit’ underway and 5 African Presidents on the desk, Greenpeace Africa is highlighting what leaders in Africa and world wide must do to remain true to the Paris Settlement and defend the continent’s wealthy biodiversity and thereby the worldwide local weather.
Greenpeace Africa assertion:
African leaders should do extra than simply be on the desk of biodiversity and local weather summits. We’d like them to be severe about tackling emissions at dwelling and unequivocal about defending their nation’s pure biodiversity in an effort to deal with a local weather disaster which has the continent seeing worse and worse excessive climate impacts yearly. Defending biodiversity at dwelling means making arduous selections, resembling banning new fossil gasoline infrastructure and ensuring native communities and Indigenous Individuals are empowered to guard their ancestral lands. For non-African leaders on the summit, whereas our Presidents could push for monetary assist, as a result of African nations are significantly attuned to the impacts of local weather change which is perpetrated by the West, there will be no resilient inexperienced restoration with out debt reduction.
On South Africa, Greenpeace Africa Senior Political Strategist, Pleased Khambule, stated:
“We have to see President Ramaphosa get severe in regards to the local weather emergency in South Africa which has resulted in yearly lethal droughts. This implies enacting a invoice to drastically scale back emissions by COP26 and appoint an implementing coordination committee to supervise a simply staff’ transition out of coal and into extra sustainable, wholesome and long-lasting careers which renewable sources provide.”
On Kenya, Greenpeace Africa Senior Political Advisor, Fredrick Njehu, stated:
“President Uhuru’s invitation to attend a Local weather summit is essential in so some ways. We’re at the moment experiencing a local weather disaster throughout the continent which requires international cooperation and pressing motion. Kenya is confronted with a twin onslaught of each a local weather disaster and the on-going Covid-19 well being pandemic. Kenyan president has a possibility to offer the a lot wanted management, dedication to local weather ambitions that helps Kenya handle the continued local weather chaos with recurrent droughts as a matter of nationwide precedence.”
On the Congo Basin Rainforest Greenpeace Africa Congo Basin Forest Marketing campaign
Worldwide Mission Chief, Irene Wabiwa, stated:
“Pure intact forests take in climate-harming Co2 and Africa has the final rainforest on the earth that also capabilities as a carbon sink which ought to make the safety of the Congo basin a world precedence which requires international assist. Congolese and different Central African governments should shift their assist from industrial destruction and degradation of the rainforest in the direction of collaborating with and empowering native communities and Indigenous Folks, who stay the perfect guardians of the forest and its wealthy biodiversity. Neighborhood forest administration plans want nationwide and worldwide backing, in an effort to decide up tempo and develop into acknowledged because the native system of possession.”
On plastic waste and local weather change, Greenpeace Africa Digital Mobilization Officer, Angelo Louw, stated:
“Africa isn’t your plastic garbage bin. This type of waste colonialism must be addressed by the Biden administration, as a result of plastic dumping is not only a waste drawback, it’s also a local weather, well being and social justice Situation. 99% of plastic is comprised of fossil fuels, like fracked fuel and oil, and it contributes immensely to local weather change all through its lifecycle. The present US administration has an obligation to make use of commerce offers to advance the objective of tackling the local weather disaster the world is present process, and any additional commerce agreements that undermines this ought to be referred to as off.”