World Failing to Meet Emissions Reductions Pledged in Paris Agreement

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Global pledges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to curtail global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

…”We need to build global solidarity. In the pandemic as in the climate emergency, no one is safe until everyone is safe.”- Mohamed Adow, director, Power Shift Africa

A report from the Kenyan thinktank Power Shift Africa warned African governments struggling to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic that “a narrow focus on an economic recovery that ignores climate change and the broader objectives of sustainable development will cost Africa more economic pain in the long run.”

According to Power Shift Africa, climate change should be put at the heart of the economic recovery plans throughout the continent.

“Driving a Green and Sustainable post-Covid-19 Recovery in Africa” acknowledges the ongoing efforts of a few countries, such as Nigeria, where five million off-grid home solar systems will be installed.

“The pandemic is a reset moment, to shift away from billions of investments in doomed fossil fuels,” Mohamed Adow, director of Power Shift Africa, told AFP. “Africa is blessed with sun and wind, it must be the bedrock of our recovery.”

According to Adow, wealthier countries should stick to their pledges and give climate-vulnerable nations the promised $100 billion, which is needed to cut emissions and offer new paths to development.

“We need to build global solidarity,” he said. “In the pandemic as in the climate emergency, no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

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