Afrika Vuka Road to Conference of the Parties (COP): Climate justice organizations launch platform to highlight campaigns and calls for climate action ahead of COP27

Climate justice organizations and groups in Africa have launched a platform called “Africa Vuka #Road2COP” (https://bit.ly/3TgpmZG) to highlight stories, campaigns and calls for climate solutions on the road of COP 27 in Egypt. The platform will showcase a variety of campaigns across the continent advocating for real climate justice and a fossil-free Africa through several stops, culminating in the arrival at the venue of the climate talks in Egypt. CSOs and groups from the region are invited to submit their stories and contribute to the platform. Looking ahead to the COP, communities across Africa are demanding that the summit prioritize a loss and damage financing mechanism that adequately addresses the needs and priorities of climate-vulnerable countries.

Among the key campaigns that will feature on Afrika Vuka Road to COP is the Stop East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Stop EACOP) campaign (https://www.StopEACOP.net/), which has received regional and global attention following calls by climate activists to stop the project citing threats to people, nature and the climate.

For more information on Afrika Vuka, visit the platform (https://bit.ly/3TgpmZG).

Landry Ninteretse, Regional Director – 350Africa.org said Afrika Vuka Road to COP is an opportunity to shine a light on the stories of Africans, how we are affected by climate change, the stories of resilience and the successes of communities leading climate solutions. This is an opportunity to make Africa’s voice heard at the COP and to urge world leaders to address the three main components of the climate crisis: adaptation, mitigation and loss and damage. At the COP, we anticipate that nations around the world will shun fossil fuels, invest heavily in renewable energy solutions, and commit funds to help nations most affected by climate change build resilience to the climate crisis. Without concrete actions to address these pressing issues, COP27 would be just another shameful summit.

Omar Elmawi, Coordinator – Coalition Stop EACOP said “We highlight the campaigns against all, and in particular the huge fossil fuel projects such as the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project, because it is unacceptable to even consider such projects when rapid and deep reductions in emissions are needed to avoid catastrophic climate impacts. We want this message to be heard as we head towards the COP and for commitments to be made to stop such projects and instead for funding to be channeled towards a just transition to community renewable energy.

Portia Adu Mensah of the Renewable Energy for Communities campaign said: “In the upcoming United Nations climate negotiations, it is crucial that governments around the world, especially those in the North with historically high greenhouse gas emissions, take concrete action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse effect. It is also crucial that African countries step up clean energy for the benefit of our planet and humanity. In Ghana, we have called on the government to expand renewable energy to at least 30% of the country’s energy mix by 2030. We must not only break free from fossil fuels, but also be at the forefront of ensuring small-scale, community-friendly off-grid renewable energy is available to everyone.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of 350.org.

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About Afrika Vuka (https://AfrikaVuka.org/):
​​The Afrika Vuka Platform aims to unite campaigns and movements working to end the age of fossil fuels in Africa and transition to clean, renewable energy. The platform supports and showcases the work of campaigns and regional groups that actively challenge the power of fossil fuel companies and their supporters.

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