Climate justice: African perspectives & EU policies

A call for action

Thursday 9 September, 16.00-17.30 CEST, online

With: Mwanahamisi Singano (Head of Programmes, FEMNET); Anne van der Meer (Senior Policy Officer and Researcher, FMS); Nnimmo Bassey (Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation); Bert Koenders (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chair FMS), and others.

Just a few years ago, droughts in South Africa impacted the supply of drinking water. In Zimbabwe, a country that relies on hydropower, droughts resulted in an unstable supply of electricity. Extreme weather events such as cyclones destroy coastal areas, as they did in for example Mozambique, while the disrupted rain patterns are detrimental for agriculture across the whole continent. Even though African countries are historically the least responsible for causing climate change, the African region is hit hardest by its consequences, while less equipped to deal with it. And, African voices are insufficiently included in climate action.

On 9 September we will present our newest study, our call to action to include African perspectives in EU policies. When it comes to climate policies within the European Union, questions of climate justice are rarely prioritised. Within many other policy areas, there is often little coherence between climate promises and policies, due to a lack of regard for the consequences they have on marginalised groups elsewhere. This needs to change.

You can follow this session online. More details will follow soon. When you register below, we will send you an email with the most important information in due time. 

Background

As part of the research project ‘Climate justice: African perspectives’, FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies) with the support of FMS (Foundation Max van der Stoel) are launching a new policy study showing the impact of climate change on the African continent, as told by Africans themselves, and discussing the role of the EU itself in its climate policies, as well as other policies that impact Africa. During this launch event, we will present the study and the concrete policy recommendations that are included in it so as to ease this process of a climate-just transition. We will discuss the findings with a number of European and African policy-makers and experts.