African governments urged to demand climate justice from ‘big polluters’
The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and its partners have called on African governments to demand climate justice from “big polluters” like Exxon, Shell and others by providing adequate loss and damage financing.
“For decades, big polluters like Exxon, Shell and others have spent billions of dollars denying the climate crisis, delaying action and offering false ‘solutions’ at every level while raking in huge sums of money. profit every year,” he said.
VALD said that together with its partners such as Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Corporate Accountability International wishes to bring to the attention of the Government of Ghana, in particular those responsible for climate actions, all African governments to note that There was an agenda for countries and corporations in the Global North to continue their neo-colonization of Africa and use Africa as a dumping ground.
“They are creating havoc and using Africa as a mitigation ground by mostly telling us to plant trees to absorb carbon emissions,” he said.
The call was in a statement read by Mr. Labram Musah, the Executive Director of Programs of VALD at a press conference.
He said the current global temperature is about three degrees well above the ideal temperature of 1.5 degrees according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and that this additional warming will would worsen if no steps were taken to control the activities of Major Polluters and the Global North.
“It is no secret that Africa’s contribution to the current climate crisis is insignificant, yet the continent is the hardest hit by its consequences. Ghana’s climate has changed. This is evident in rising temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events.
“The duration and intensity of rainfall has increased, producing significant runoff and flooding in many parts of the country. The climate change damage situation is like Nigeria, Kenya among other African countries,” the statement said.
He said Africa faces exponential collateral damage, posing systemic risks to its economies, investments in infrastructure, water, public health, agriculture and livelihoods, threatening to cancel its modest development gains and slide into higher levels of poverty.
The statement says that the big polluters are hiding behind their “green bleaching” advertising and continuing their polluting activities on a daily basis, and that net zero was a fraud, which was used by the majority of polluting governments and corporations to evade scrutiny. responsibility, disguise climate inaction and shift the burdens, especially in developing countries like Ghana.
He said: “It is important to note that big polluting corporations like Shell have knowingly fueled the climate crisis and evaded responsibility for human rights abuses like the devastation of the Niger Delta for decades.
“We want to inform polluting corporations and their stakeholders and allies that we cannot afford to fall for the same tricks that they and the rest of the fossil fuel industry have been playing for decades with their deceptive pollution schemes. greenwashing, now taking the form of their meaningless net zero promises for the climate.
“Africa must reject promises of net zero and commit to real zero emission reductions. Africa must embrace and insist on the concept of equity which demands that each country do its fair share in managing of the climate crisis,” the statement read.
“Holding those accountable means making sure they pay for loss and damage financially and abandon the practices that caused this crisis in the first place. Governments must also be at the forefront of developing a way forward to formalize collaboration on non-market approaches to scale up renewable energy, agroecology, keeping fossil fuels in the ground and others. proven ways to prevent and reduce emissions,” he said.
“We fully agree with Hellen Neima, Regional Director of the Corporate Climate Accountability Campaign, when she said: “Africa being the host of the upcoming 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) , must seize this opportunity to shape what is left of the climate debate by unanimously demanding its due – financing for loss and damage, a global adaptation goal and a viable non-market mechanism for real solutions.
The statement says the groundwork must be laid now at the 56th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) going on intersessionally in Bonn.
“African governments participating in the UNFCCC session in Bonn must establish a stable basis for an effective mechanism for financing loss and damage to be established at COP27 and make a convincing case to engage industrialized and wealthy countries to provide a adequate funding for loss and damage.
He said that as the globe stands at the tipping point of planetary collapse; it’s time to gather courage to face the climate crisis and stop big polluters and corporate climate lobbyists from writing the rules, saying: “Bonn offers this opportunity to access the impacts of commitments on the climate change in Africa; it is more urgent than ever to hold the Major Polluters responsible and to make them pay for the losses and damages they have caused.
“We call on the Government of Ghana to ensure that frontline communities affected by climate change and environmental damage, as well as the actions of the extractive industry and big polluters pay for the crisis they have caused. It is not enough to legitimize the work of the extractive industry or stop their operations, but also to hold them accountable,” the statement said.