African activists, school children join global protest to demand climate change action
London, Sep 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Thousands across Africa have joined others around the globe to protest and call for urgent action against climate change.
Similar protests are taking place in all major cities across the globe with children taken lead roles
More than 200 schoolchildren and students have gathered in Senegal’s, capital, Dakar, for the climate strike.
Many of the young people taking part in the suburb of Rufisque are carrying signs which say, “Legui Legui”, which in the local Wolof languages means: “Right Now”.
Senegal is particularly vulnerable to climate chang
The climate march in Kenya’s capital Nairobi was one of the first to kick off in Africa
– The protests come ahead of the United Nation Climate Action Summit on 23 September
– Young people say their lives at the ones are stake as they face living in world reshaped by climate change
13:40 Accra, Ghana. Accra’s mayor accompanied a group of youths to deliver a petition to the Ministry of the Environment to demand climate justice.
Adjei Sowah, Mayor of Accra (as told to Ghanaian media house, My Joy Online
“City action is essential in tackling the climate crisis, but cities can’t do it alone.”
Today, I joined the youth in @AccraMetropolis to present a petition to the @mestighofficial to demand for #ClimateJusticeNow#TheFutureWeWant#ClimateStrike#ClimateAction#Cities4Climate#ClimateEmergency#ClimateCrisis@c40cities @YREGhana361:15 PM – Sep 20, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy19 people are talking about this
Small but vocal protest in Kampala called for the government to do more to flight climate change
13:00 Kampala, Uganda The climate strike in Uganda’s capital is over. Several hundred students and climate activists gathered earlier in the day at Constitutional Square for the march organised by various youth and environmental organizations such as Act Now and the Climate Action Network. At the meeting point, rap music blared, street skaters performed stunts and drinks were given out. Serenaded by the University of Makerere’s marching band playing the national anthem, the marchers set off for parliament where the organizers handed over their demands in the form of a letter to politicians.
Edwin Muhumuzu, Team Leader, Youth Go Green Uganda (as told to NTV News Uganda)
“I am very much aware that the Constitution of Uganda, Article 39, stipulates that every citizen of this country has the right to a clean and safe environment. Then how are we implementing that clause?”
Angel, Protester, Kampala
“I am protesting because we want to keep the climate green. We have many environmental problems in Uganda, because the forests are being razed and wetlands are being drained. We have to protect the planet, there is no planet B.”
South Africa produces some of Africa’s dirtiest air
Did you know?
Africa isn’t a big source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. It is home to 14% of the world’s population but only responsible for 7% of the world’s emissions. Several African countries, though, prove an exception to the rule.
South Africa is continent’s largest producer of green house gases, ranking 14th in the world, thanks to its heavy dependence on coal power. The country produces “more carbon dioxide than Britain, despite having 10 million fewer people and an economy one-eighth the size,” according to The Economist magazine.
11:30 Cape Town, South Africa. The rally has reached Parliament where the crowd is listening to speeches.
Africa is ill-equipped to deal with extreme weather events such as Cyclone Idai that are expected to become more common
Did you know?
Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations. This could take the form of extreme droughts, flooding and storms. With their high rates of poverty and reliance on traditional agriculture, African countries are less able to adapt to climate change.
10:00 Cape Town, South Africa. Rally is getting started to march on Parliament.
Chantal Dette, African Climate Alliance, Cape Town
“What motivates me the most is that about a year ago my country was suffering water shortages and drought. We faced the ‘day zero’ scenario when the taps will be turned off. People in the Cape Flats [the townships on the outskirts of Cape Town] were really suffering.”
Joyful #ClimateStrike getting started in Cape Town.
10:00 Johannesburg, South Africa. The climate change action strike is underway.
The #ClimateStrike march in #Johannesburg is .
Moments like this are good moments for reflection. This many people don’t mobilize by accident. #climatestrike #AfrikaVuka #SouthAfrica3,2559:26 AM – Sep 20, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy967 people are talking about this
Did you know?
According to the Climate Action Tracker, Ethiopia is one the countries doing most to tackle climate change in the world.
08:00 Uganda: March underway in the Sebei region of Uganda, where many events and rallies are planned for today, including in Kampala.
Kenya is expected to see more droughts and floods due to climate change
07.00 Kenya: The climate strike in Nairobi has kicked off. Protesters are demanding an end to coal-power plants and more renewables in Kenya. It seems that almost everyone there is holding a sign, ranging from: “Protect God’s creation” to “The seas are rising and so must we” Wind energy blows me away”, “Be part of the solution, not pollution” and “There is no planet B”.
It’s a pleasant scene here on the streets of Nairobi. People walked out of their offices & homes to support the #GlobalClimateStrike & fight for the future. #ClimateStrikeKE now on Harambee Avenue chanting #ClimateJusticeNow #deCOALonize
07:00 Kaduna, Nigeria. The city of Kaduna has started its one-day Sustainability Summit to be followed by a clean-up day on Saturday as part of a push to raise awareness about the need to protect the environment.
Representatives of schools in Kaduna were also at the summit learning.#KESS19 #GlobalClimateStrike #KadunaGoesGreen #WorldCleanupDay2019 @elrufai @fmeclimateng @kdMoEnvironment @KepaOfficial @ACTFoundation_ @NickymakasAmaka @THISDAYStyle @Adelani @HamzyCODE @holyton
Kenya climate strike: ‘I can’t help but be aware’
Ayan Farah, a campaigner in Kenya’s capital Nairobi writes:
Ayan FarahCopyright: Ayan FarahQuote Message: Living in sub-Sahara, I can’t help but be aware of the glaring effects of climate change. More and more we find ourselves facing extreme iterations of weather. Longer, hotter, drier months followed by short but intense periods of rain.
Living in sub-Sahara, I can’t help but be aware of the glaring effects of climate change. More and more we find ourselves facing extreme iterations of weather. Longer, hotter, drier months followed by short but intense periods of rain.Quote Message: We’re fluctuating between drought and floods in ways we’re not prepared for. We’re living in such dire and extraordinary times that we only have a few years to turn this around.
We’re fluctuating between drought and floods in ways we’re not prepared for. We’re living in such dire and extraordinary times that we only have a few years to turn this around.Quote Message: Mitigating the damage we have wrought, for me, means recognising that what we’ve been doing doesn’t work.
Mitigating the damage we have wrought, for me, means recognising that what we’ve been doing doesn’t work.Quote Message: We have to shift our economic, social and political focus towards concrete solutions for the climate emergency.
We have to shift our economic, social and political focus towards concrete solutions for the climate emergency.Quote Message: I’m participating in the climate strike because I feel like we need to remember how to be a community again. We need our president to know that we want and expect him to honour the pledge he made to make Kenya 100% renewable by 2020.”
I’m participating in the climate strike because I feel like we need to remember how to be a community again. We need our president to know that we want and expect him to honour the pledge he made to make Kenya 100% renewable by 2020.”