Blind hopes for children’s participation in climate change

The 2021/2022 rainy season in Malawi will among other things be remembered by the devastating images of houses submerged in water, flooded rivers, and roads that have been cut off. All these stand out as effects of Tropical Storm Ana. The devastating effects of the storm led to the president declaring a state of National…

Climate change and human rights – The significant action of Gabon in protecting human rights in a changing climate

In Africa, the significances of climate change include, among other aspects, the transformation of weather patterns, biodiversity destruction and wider occurrence of more infectious diseases. All these events, in their turn lead to food insecurity, human forced displacement, and water shortages. Marginalised and vulnerable people often experience the worst effects of climate change. They often…

Protecting persons displaced due to the impacts of climate change in Africa: Through a new treaty, or through a ‘progressive’ interpretation?

ANALYSIS Abiy Ashenafi 30 April 2022 Because of the impacts of climate change, millions of people are being uprooted from their homes and countries. It is estimated that, by 2050, ‘climate change related events’ will cause the forced migration of, at minimum, 1.2 billion people.[1] This clearly calls for determined action to mitigate human-caused climate…

Need to give more importance to climate justice than to net zero targets

OPINION Prof. Dr Phillipe Cullet 31 March 2022 COP26 specifically recognized the importance of the concept of climate justice in the preamble to the Glasgow Climate Pact. Yet, the main focus of policymakers remains on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as reflected in the call to reach net zero by mid-century. On the…

From Paris to Glasgow: Towards an African-Focused COP 27

ANALYSIS Kilili Nthiw’a 31 March 2022 The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 7-18 November 2022.  Ordinarily, it ought to be the 28th session but for the Covid-19 Pandemic which saw the postponement of…

Plastic Waste and Waste Disposal – Current Issues of Global Environmental Change

ANALYSIS Julia Reiher 25 March 2022 Alarming pictures of burning landfills at the margins of our cities or dying marine species in large garbage swirls come to mind when thinking of the effects of plastic waste. Humans as well as animals are confronted with the omnipresent hazards of single-use plastic every single day: „There are…

Winds of Change: Youth and Climate Activism

OPINION Dr Bright Nkrumah 11 March 2022 The State of Affairs At the turn of the millennium, a growing number of young Africans have joined global movements to agitate for climate justice. [i] The notion of climate justice could be simply construed as the moral or legal obligation of states to use natural resources fairly…

Hands-on Deck in Climate Change Action

ANALYSIS Gift Mauluka 04 March 2022 During the recent Conference of Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow, the High-Level Climate Champions formally reported to the parties on the progress made by non-state actors towards the climate action. They stressed that actions by individual actors will not yield to the reduction of the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions…

Human Rights are Inherent to Every Human, or are They?

ANALYSIS Gift Mauluka 28 January 2022 Climate change has many impacts on children’s rights. In many cases of extreme vulnerability, such as situations of child labour, those impacts are even more profound. This blog piece attempts to unpack the connections between child labour and climate change. Having established these connections, I then look at the…

Climate Change, Migration, and the Incompliance with Human Rights

COMMENT Merlin Mitschker 19 March 2021 Climate change affects everyone and everything, including human beings. Throughout the world, we can see various developments and the forms of climate change materialization differ. In some affected territories, the accumulated precipitation is falling, and the land is becoming too dry to till. Therefore, crops will wither rising. Sea…