The warning by Greenpeace Africa in early November was scary but real. With floods hitting at least 16 African countries, if leaders did not act right away for the people and against climate change, it may be too late.
Greenpeace Africa called on African leaders to provide immediate aid to those affected by flooding all over the continent, but also take immediate action to tackle the climate crisis.
According to them, rains have increasingly been torrential in the past months, striking large parts of East Africa and elsewhere, in unprecedented intensity in decades, causing at least dozens of deaths, displacement of more than one million people.
“From floods to drought, extreme weather is a direct consequence of bad energy policies, the senseless burning of fossil fuels and reckless destruction of our forests,” said Amos Wemanya, Greenpeace Africa’s Campaigner.
“This continent must not wait for a miracle to avoid the next flood. Without breaking away from coal, protecting our rainforests and oceans, transforming our farming and agriculture, and without bringing the US back to the Paris Agreement, we will all end up queuing for Noah’s Ark”
Greenpeace Africa said with more extreme weather across the continent, it will continue to stand with youth striking for the climate.
“Ahead of the 29th of November School Friday for the Climate (Fridays for Future), Youth climate leaders across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and other affected countries will use Greenpeace Africa’s channels to continue to demand urgent action from their leaders”.