By Tendai Guvamombe
Year in Year out countries of the globe converge at the negotiation forums in the quest to find long lasting solutions to climate change, with the first Global Stocktake Report expected to be launched at the Conference of Parties (COP 28).
The Global Stocktake Report comes at a time when a lot of work is still to happen in various parts of the globe, ranging from staggering NDCs Implementation, the unholy alliance underpinned in the so called lose and damage.
Indeed, when Parties meet, they seem to embrace one another as they display their climate ambitions with scented smiles.
In other terms, the latest editions of Conference of Parties have rejuvenated from the quo objectives underscored by the terms of 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The conditioning behind what Global North terms; “lose and damage” leaves a lot to be desired as a considerable number of countries in the the Global South continues to bear climate shocks for the sins they never committed.
When COP Presidency shifted from Glascow Scotland to Egypt, great hopes were paced on granting the developing world a voice in demanding what they deserved most. The consensus on lose and damage at COP27 sounded to be real but practically fragile.
Countries such as Zimbabwe topped in developing ambitious NDCs will once again send their Climate negotiators to UAE for another round of COP Sessions without a meaningful beneficiary reference on lose and damage.
Thus the COP expediency is fast becoming an impediment by the elite, thereby deceiving the Paris Agreement of 2015, where countries in the Global North agreed on constant climate financing support to non nexus countries.
Amid the deliberations, the term climate justice becomes a perfect rhythm to address the panacea in which climate think tanks of the Global North continues to dominate discussions at the conference tables.
This is how Action Aid among other entities in the civic space are now contemplating to speak boldly in addressing all forms of injustices emanating from climate change.
“People should understand what is meant by the term Climate Justice. It is from this basis that we are launching a campaign Climate Justice Campaign. African countries contributes less than four(4) percent to green house (GHG) Emissions that drive the climate crisis. Africa is suffering especially when comparing to other continents problems.
“Everyone should understand that ours is a justice campaign in the sense that those who are most responsible for creating the crisis should be the one providing solutions. “
“They have the money they should transfer to many countries in the Global South. They have the investments that they are still making in the coal and fossil fuel industry.”
“There is need for Africa to mobilize action. There is nothing that will happen unless we push pressure on those who need to make these changes”, says. Arthur Larok Action Aid International’s Secretary General.
Action Aid Zimbabwe’s call to end climate injustices resonates with it’s commemorations of 20 years of existence fighting poverty and injustices across the globe.