Saturday, February 22, 2014

Africa should see Kuffour as an ally in seeking climate justice

By Kofi Adu Domfeh

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, says Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and Chair of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights.

According to him, global warming threatens the well-being of hundreds of millions of people today and many billions more in the future.

Climate justice activists demand African governments to be responsible

By Kofi Adu Domfeh 

Activists for climate justice in Africa say national governments in Africa need to be climate sensitive and responsible to justify the fight for developed countries to be accountable for climate pollution.

“Are we making sure that climate change issues are taken into consideration when we are planning our impact assessment or design of bridges and roads? Are we taking into consideration the potential effects or impact of climate change?” quizzed Reuben Ottou of the Ghana Wildlife Society.

Carbon trade is a false solution to quest for climate justice

By Kofi Adu Domfeh

Ghana is one of several African countries taking a keen interest in the carbon trading scheme, which offers payment for planting and protecting forest areas.

Adoption and promotion these schemes – including the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the REDD plus, which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation – present financial opportunities.

Monday, February 17, 2014

What climate change and slave trade in Africa have in common

By Kofi Adu Domfeh

DAKAR, Senegal - The Island of Gorée, according to UNESCO, is an exceptional testimony to one of the greatest tragedies in the history of human societies – the slave trade. 

The Island, which lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar, was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast, from the 15th to the 19th century. Today it continues to serve as a reminder of human exploitation and as a sanctuary for reconciliation.

African civil society encouraged to continue climate justice struggle

By Kofi Adu Domfeh

DAKAR, Senegal - The Senegalese government has hailed the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) for its excellent tool of environmental protection and urged them to continue the struggle for climate justice.

Ms. Penda Kante Thiam who represented the Senegalese Minister for Environment urged the African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the auspices of PACJA to keep the faith and to be positive in the struggle for climate justice.

2014 Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards launched

By Kofi Adu Domfeh

DAKAR, Senegal - The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, PACJA, has launched the second edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards in Dakar, Senegal.

The launch was held on the Island of Goree, off the Senegalese coast, on the sidelines of a five-day African Civil Society Post-Warsaw and Post-2015 strategic meeting.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Kenya: Preparing for REDD in the Embobut Forest and forcing Sengwer People “into extinction”

January 31, 2014

Homes of the Sengwer People in Kenya's Cherangany Hills torched by forest guards © Justin Kenrick/ Survival
(Forest guards arrive in Kenya's Embobut Forest in preparation for the evictions. © FPP)
(NO REDD In Africa) Last year the Government of Kenya was getting “ready” for REDD in the Embobut Forest, now it is violently evicting the Sengwer People and forcing them “into extinction.” According to Survival International, “as many as a thousand homes have already been torched.”[i] 
Sengwer spokesman Yator Kiptum denounced the “disaster” caused by combined force of the Kenya Forest Service and Administration Police, a paramilitary unit of the police, which is now evicting the Sengwer not just from the Embobut Forest but from the entirety of the Cherangany Hills, destroying property and burning homes. “The government of Kenya is forcing us into extinction," he said.[ii]