Ugandan Climate activist Vanessa Nakate has accused the media of racism after she was cropped out of a picture with other young climate warriors.
Nakate said on twitter “You didn’t just erase a photo. You erased a continent.”
— Lukwesa Burak (@LukwesaBurak) January 24, 2020
Clearly hurt she posted a video on twitter expressing her dismay
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What it means to be removed from a photo! https://t.co/1dmcbyneYV
— Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash) January 24, 2020
We think its only fair to also let the world know that there have always been African climate activist.
Africa emits the least carbon emissions but often gets short shrift. Africans are already feeling the impacts related to a changing climate. In the spring of 2018 about 3 million people were affected by devastating cyclones in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe resulting in loss of lives and reduced economic growth.
Leading the fight against climate change are different Africans across the African continent voicing out their opinions about the dangers of climate change and the adverse effects it’s having on Africa. In this article we discuss extensively on these Africans, there major works and there impacts on the fight against climate change, keep reading to know more about them.
Wilfred Pokam (Cameroon)
Wilfried Pokam is a senior lecturer in Physics from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Pokam is one of the few Africans fighting climate change in Africa with his research which aims to explain climate prediction with the main goal of producing climate information tailored to user needs in agricultural sector over central Africa. Wilfried Pokam and his team of researchers are exposing the way the central and southern African climate system are linked, thereby breaking the rigid regional view of the continent’s climate system.
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (Chad)
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is also one of the Africans fighting against climate change. Ibrahim works as an environmental activist and geographer and serves as the Co-ordinator of the “Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad” also known as “AFPAT”. Ibrahim is an environmental activist who works on enlightening the world on the effects of the climate change in her local hometown and tribe, the Mbororo community, who rely on natural resources for their own survival and the survival of the animals they care for. Her works helps tell the stories of how climate change affects and displaces not only her people but women in other affected African Countries.
James Kinyangi (Kenya)
James Kiyangi is the East African program leader for the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. He is also the Chief Climate Policy Officer at the African Development Bank (AfDB) and one of the few East Africans advocating for the fight against climate change. Kiyangi recently spoke out to African leaders at “Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA)”, conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the development of alternative means of providing energy in the vulnerable communities across Africa by investing in green and less carbon emissions policies. These long-term investments, Kiyangi believes will help in Africa’s transition to low carbon development.
Vanessa Nakate (Uganda)
Vanessa Nakate from Kampala, Uganda got involved in the fight against climate change after witnessing unusual high temperatures in her country. Nakate, together with her siblings started a strike together in January, 2019, to help increase awareness on the issues of climate change in Uganda.
The African continent is experiencing harsher consequences of climate change, despite being one of the lowest contributor to the global warming. With the list above it is hoped that you have a better insight into the Africans fighting against climate change and their impacts.