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Game changers: Vanessa Nakate, a voice for the climate

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Posted on December 29, 2021 10:09


From Ugandan schools to the podium of COP26, this young activist warns us about the effects of climate change in Africa, and she does not hesitate to hold world leaders to account.

This is part 8 of an 8-part series

In 2020, Africa warmed up faster than the global average, though the continent is only responsible for 7% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. From flooding in the DRC; plagues of locusts spreading from Ethiopia to Uganda; fires in Algeria; to rising sea levels from Benin to Senegal, extreme weather events have multiplied. To make matters worse, the target of $100bn a year – accorded by the countries of the north (the main polluters) to those of the south (a quarter of which is for Africa) to enable them to adapt to climate change – has not been met.

At the COP26 podium on 12 November, 24-year-old Vanessa Nakate took it upon herself to remind them (countries of the north) of this 2009 promise and cast serious doubt on their 2021 commitments. “We don’t believe you anymore. Please prove us wrong, and if you fail, God help us,” she said.

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