It’s time for the con­ti­nent to ad­dress cli­mate change

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Tim Mugerwa Cli­mate re­al­ity leader and pres­i­dent of the African Youth Union

It is an open se­cret that Africa is most se­verely af­fected by global chal­lenges. The scourges of poverty, dis­ease, youth un­em­ploy­ment, hunger and famine have framed a com­mon nar­ra­tive of the African con­ti­nent as a site of catas­tro­phe and im­mense hu­man suf­fer­ing. This is fur­ther ex­ac­er­bated by al­most bar­ren poli­cies on cli­mate change and its con­se­quences.

The ef­fects of cli­mate change are al­ready threat­en­ing our na­tions.

Africa has the youngest pop­u­la­tion in the world, which puts its future at a big­ger risk if cli­mate change is not ur­gently ad­dressed.

We need peace in Africa, but the con­ti­nent it­self can­not be at peace with its peo­ple when cli­mate change is dis­plac­ing peo­ple, and when young Africans are un­cer­tain about their future be­cause of the threats posed by cli­mate change.

Cli­mate change is real. It also re­quires real poli­cies and ac­tions.

Young peo­ple need your con­sent, your will­ing­ness and sup­port to mit­i­gate the above-men­tioned threats re­gard­ing cli­mate change.

We need you to truly unite against cli­mate change.

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