On Saturday, a substantial percentage of protesters flocked to the streets of Nairobi in order to urge that wealthier countries do more to combat the effects of climate change in Africa. Many people believe that human-caused climate change is to blame for the most severe drought to hit parts of Kenya in the last forty years, which has left some regions of the country in ruins. Some people who agree with the cause also say that industrialized countries should pay the victims for their losses.
Duncan Omwami was a participant in the action and one of the activists overall. According to what he had to say, “We need the Global North to pay for the harm that they are causing.” It is important to keep in mind that, according to the study published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the countries located in the Northern Hemisphere are responsible for 96 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. “The Global South is responsible for 4 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Africa is in a position where it is unable to make a significant contribution to these emissions because its share is so low (just 4 percent), and because of this, it is demanding that the global north pay for the losses and damages that have been caused.”
The march was organized by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), which also sponsored the event. The group, which is run by young people, holds marches and rallies to show that it wants richer countries to pay smallholder farmers and pastoralists in Africa for the damage that has been done to the land.
Elizabeth Wathuti, a second demonstrator, stated that “these tragedies and these issues are not just happening in Kenya; they are happening across the African continent.” Even though this continent did the least to cause the climate problem, it is still the one that is suffering the most from it. Because of this, we are asking that the countries that have contributed the most to this crisis do not leave these frontline communities to their own devices. Instead, they should take action and keep the promises they have made about climate finance.
Nearly 3.5 million people in Kenya were affected by severe weather in September 2021, prompting the country’s government to declare a national emergency as a result. During the same time period, about 200,000 people had to leave their homes because of flooding.