Africa is already feeling the disproportionate impact of climate change.
Young people around the world are rising up against climate change and demanding action to help protect the planet.
In Africa, the effects of climate change are already being felt — making the voices and protests of climate activists all the more important.
Prof. Philip Alston, a UN human rights and extreme poverty investigator, told UN News last year: “[Climate change] could push more than 120 million more people into poverty by 2030 and will have the most severe impact in poor countries, regions, and the places poor people live and work.”
Alston said extreme temperatures will impact the world’s most vulnerable people hardest — sparking food insecurity, and driving lower incomes and worsening health, and forcing people to choose between migration and starvation.
He added: “Perversely, while people in poverty are responsible for just a fraction of global emissions, they will bear the brunt of climate change, and have the least capacity to protect themselves.”