Climate justice: African perspectives & EU policies
Photographer Ashley Cooper.
Thursday 9 September, 16.00-17.30 CEST, online with: Mwanahamisi Singano (Head of Programmes, FEMNET); Anne van der Meer (Senior Policy Officer and Researcher, FMS); Nnimmo Bassey (Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation); Bert Koenders (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chair FMS), and others.
The new UN IPCC report shows that is unequivocal: humans have warmed the skies, waters, and lands, leading to widespread climate change. Its impacts are already here and urgent action is needed. Even though African countries are historically the least responsible for causing climate change, the African region is hit hardest by its consequences.
Just a few years ago, droughts in South Africa impacted the supply of drinking water. In Zimbabwe, a country that relies on hydropower, droughts resulted in an unstable supply of electricity. And extreme weather events such as cyclones have destroyed coastal areas, in for example Mozambique, while the disrupted rain patterns are detrimental for agriculture across the whole continent. While being hit so severely by the consequences of climate change, African countries are less equipped to deal with it. Moreover, their voices are insufficiently included in global climate action.
On 9 September Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) launch their newest study, a call to action to include African perspectives in EU policies. When it comes to climate policies within the European Union, questions of climate justice and the input of African voices are rarely prioritised. Within many other policy areas, there is often little coherence between climate promises and policies, due to a lack of regard for the consequences they have on marginalised groups elsewhere. It is time for the EU to put action into words and work towards climate justice!
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Date: Thursday 9 september 2021
Time: 16:00 – 17.30 uur