The Abuja Climate Caravan and the African Climate Caravan are calling for an immediate solution to climate change ahead of the climate change conference scheduled for this November in Egypt.

This is contained in a statement made to the Abuja Climate Caravan Team by David Terungwa, Team Leader of the Global Food Security and Ecosystem Protection Initiative.

The call is part of bringing together civil society and climate-affected communities.

More than a hundred African civil society organizations have traveled to Egypt through 28 countries, including Nigeria, to issue a joint statement calling for more climate justice and stressing that the 28 participating countries look forward to their heads of state and government, the statement said. Stand up for climate justice. Especially the interests of their own people.

Governments can achieve this by supporting agro-ecological transitions and protecting the rights of farming communities by protecting the natural environment, the group said, and asked emitting countries to take greater responsibility for financing adaptation measures on the continent.

Terungwa also said that the process will emphasize and promote better representation of youth and women in decision-making bodies.

“We also call on rich countries to meet their climate commitments under the Paris Agreement – ​​including mobilizing $100 billion a year for climate action in developing countries by 2025, and in this climate crisis that is particularly affecting the African continent Take due responsibility. Including Nigeria.”

The Abuja Climate Caravan, an initiative of Oxfam Nigeria, said the union’s campaign reflected the magnitude of the climate crisis in Africa, adding that the continent was facing an unprecedented hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa and West Africa.

He also noted that 66 million people face hunger, in part because droughts have become more frequent and severe as rainfall has become more erratic and unpredictable.

“As an Oxfam report released last week reminded us, rich countries are underserving climate change aid in West Africa and are dangerously increasing debt levels,” the statement read.

“We call on the Nigerian government not to sign agreements and policy statements without concrete action. Over the past month, climate-induced flooding has killed more than 600 people, displaced millions and washed away farms and fields, but The response is very slow.

“While we demand climate finance and loss and damage in international negotiations, we must help our people build resilience.

“As we enter the 2023 general election, Nigerians and the media should ask candidates about their climate action plans and should vote for candidates who have a clear understanding of these issues. We should vote for climate.”



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