The African Union Commission Chairperson’s Youth Envoy Ms. Chido Cleopatra Mpempa has called upon African youth to participate in environmental issues urgently.
Speaking to Diplomat Magazine ahead of her two-day participation at Cop27 underway in Egypt’s resort town of Sharm-el sheik, Mpemba bemoaned the devastating effects of climate change.
She said “there is an urgent need to recognize and address the extremely severe impacts climate change has on our current youth not only in Africa but around the world “.
“As youths, we call upon our leaders to commit to investing in youth leadership and participation to curb the climate crisis we are facing and the future generations, and demographic and democratic imperative to address youth rights, needs, and aspirations as enshrined in our youth charter”, strengthened the Envoy.
Climate change has ravaged severely Africa and Asia as young people and children are threatened by the climate-nature crisis combined with the unprecedented socio-economic impact of covid 19 pandemic.
Different world leaders speaking at the ongoing cop27 conference themed under turning climate pledges into climate action in pursuit of net-zero emissions, enhanced resilience for the most vulnerable, and aligning financial flows with goals called upon everyone to jealously safeguard our earth and play their role.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a *climate solidarity pact between the rich and the poor nations to limit the severity of global warming.
“Humanity has a choice: cooperate or perish, it is either a Climate Solidarity Pact or a collective suicide pact,” warned the Secretary-General.
Guterres however, emphasized the two largest economies, The United States of America and China to join hands and enforce the pact to reality.The former Deputy president of the United States of America Mr.
Al Gore prophesied remarkable growth of Africa as he recently revealed that Africa stands to be the clean global energy superpower.
This year Cop27 is being attended by highly notable leaders such as President Joe Biden and the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who had earlier indicated his none participation at the conference.