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COP27: Buhari calls for urgent climate actions

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President Muhammadu Buhari has called for urgent climate actions from, especially developed countries to
tackle the effects of climate change in Africa.

Buhari who was represented by Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi made the call on Monday in Sharm el-Sheikh on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).

The sideline Clean Energy Transition event organised by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) provided opportunity for Nigeria to highlight it’s climate efforts and concerns.

“Without a doubt, we are at a critical time with respect to the world’s climate future and our actions today and over the next few decades will determine the fate of future generations and the planet.

“This year, we have witnessed disastrous extreme weather events from terrifying wildfires in the United States, to unprecedented heat waves in India, Pakistan, and Europe, to intense floods in my country, Nigeria,” he said.

He therefore called for more accelerated actions from developed countries who contribute most of the emissions affecting Africa’s climate.

“For developing nations particularly in Africa who, despite contributing the least to both historical and current emissions, are facing climate impacts to a disproportionate degree, the case for accelerated climate action is even more pressing.

“We need to see urgent and decisive climate action from the countries most responsible for the emissions that cause climate change.
We cannot afford any more delays; our people and nations are on the line. The blame game should stop, affirmative and positive commitment to address these challenges must begin now,” Buhari said.

He said Nigeria and other African countries were committed to tackling the climate change crises

“We are committed to tackling climate change by embarking on bold actions ourselves.

“African nations are demonstrating commitment via the signing of the Paris Agreement, the submission of highly ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and spending up to 9% of GDP in addressing climate change,” he added.

President Buhari is represented by the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi at the COP 27 in Egypt.

The minister is expected to deliver Nigeria’s National Statement at plenary, attend bilateral and side meetings on Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan, amongst other engagements.

The summit which began on Sunday will end on Nov. 18.

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COP27: CSOs urge Nigeria, others to shut oil production for renewables

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Lorraine Chiponda, Facilitator, ‘Dont Gas Aftica”, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has called on Nigeria and other African countries to stop oil production and focus on renewable energy.

Chiponda disclosed this on Monday in Sharm El-Sheikh at the sidelines of the 27th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27).

The climate activist said Africa should be focusing it’s expertise on building robust renewable energy infrastructure rather than expanding oil exploration.

“We are faced with a life threatening crisis, that is the climate crisis, which is caused by global warming, which is caused by burning of fossil fuels.

“So we should be closing down fossil fuel pipelines rather than allow African people to continue to die because of climate disasters.

“Renewable energy is the way to go, it has become cheaper in terms of investment and it’s going to create more cleaner jobs,” Chiponda said.

She also stressed the need for the multinational oil companies (mainly from Europe, U.S) to be held accountable for the damage caused to the environment in Africa.

The activist maintained that these oil companies continue to exploit Africa for business profits while going green in their home countries.

” Oil companies need to transition themselves,. they need to be accountable for the climate impacts that they have caused.

” They have devastated the environment, they need to be held accountable and rehabilitate the environment that they have damaged,” she said.

Harjeet Singh, head of global political strategy, Climate Action Network also highlighted the need for developed countries to address the issue of climate “loss and damage” in Africa.
NAN reports that world leaders and representatives from 198 countries and more than 30, 000 delegates are attending the COP27.

COP27 begins near the end of a year that has seen devastating floods and unprecedented heat waves, severe droughts and formidable storms, all unequivocal signs of the unfolding climate emergency.

At the same time, millions of people throughout the world are confronting the impacts of simultaneous crises in energy, food, water and cost of living, aggravated by severe geopolitical conflicts and tensions.

In this adverse context, some countries have begun to stall or reverse climate policies and doubled down on fossil fuel use.

COP27 is also taking place against the backdrop of inadequate ambition to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, CO2 emissions need to be cut 45 per cent by 2030, compared to 2010 levels to meet the central Paris Agreement goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.

This, the UN said, is crucial to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including more frequent and severe droughts, heatwaves and rainfall.

A report published by UN Climate Change ahead of COP27 shows that whilst countries are bending the curve of global greenhouse gas emissions downward, efforts remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Since COP26 in Glasgow, only 29 out of 194 countries came forward with tightened national plans.

The summit which started on Sunday will end on Nov. 18. 

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