The fate of the one and only planet we’ve ever called home is uncertain. It is in everyone's interest to come together to address the challenges we face. The challenges are immense. Creating jobs, sustaining growth and eradicating poverty in a carbon-constrained world demands a restructuring of energy systems and a deeper appreciation of the boundaries of our ecological systems.
In Africa, unequal access to energy has reinforced the wider inequalities linked to poverty, gender and the rural-urban divide that have accompanied the economic growth of the past 15 years. Africa is already experiencing severe and damaging impacts from climate change. Yet no region has done less to contribute to global warming than Africa.
So great are the energy challenges and so severe the climate risks that it is easy to lose sight of the opportunities. And those opportunities are considerable. They are part of a fundamentally different narrative that is emerging across Africa. The climate change imperative is seen as an opportunity for Africa’s energy-poor countries to leapfrog straight to clean energy, avoiding decades of inefficient spending on polluting energy sources.
Afrilink has been in the forefront in enabling communities in Africa – mainly Kenya adapt to climate change. This has been through transfer of solar technologies for farming and home lighting systems. Adoption of these technologies by communities has seen them reducing their costs on lighting and drip irrigation farming.
What are the issues?
Dependence on fossil fuels
The burning of fossil fuels is the number one source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. If emissions continue to rise, we’ll be locked in to devastating rises in temperature. A more diversified, cleaner energy portfolio and increased energy efficiency are critical steps toward reducing our emissions.
50 % of populations living near wetlands.
About 50% of the global population lives near the coast or wetlands. But habitat destruction and land use changes are degrading and destroying wetlands and coastal forests — the natural buffers that help protect coastal areas against storm surges, rising sea levels and erosion.
11% source of human-caused emissions.
Deforestation and land use change
Massive amounts of carbon are stored in tropical forests. When we destroy these areas to clear land for settlement or farms, that carbon gets released into the atmosphere and accelerates climate change. Studies show that deforestation accounts for 11% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
0.1% global GDP needed
Insufficient funding to climate initiatives
Global contributions to climate finance fall severely short of what is needed — even though it would only take an estimated US$ 70 billion per year (less than 0.1% of global GDP) to make the changes humanity needs to adapt to a warming world. There is need for more financing of climate change initiatives mainly in Africa.
What can you do?
Earth’s climate affects everyone. Your actions and your support can make a difference in how the world responds and adapts to its changing climate.
Reduce your energy consumption
Making your home more energy efficient can help reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and protect the environment. When shopping for appliances or other household products, opt for those that have been independently certified to save energy and help prevent climate change.
Say no to illegal wildlife products
Your responsible consumption will reduce the demand for endangered species. For instance, when traveling, avoid purchasing wild animal products including ivory, meat, skins and traditional medicines. Buy local handicrafts instead. Ask questions before you buy souvenirs to make sure your purchases are legally sourced. When in doubt, do not buy anything that contains wildlife parts.
Support our conservation work
Share your expertise to help implement sustainable development projects around the world. You can join community project promoting environmental organizations or donate to our organization where we support conservation work in schools and depredated community sites. You can help in planting atleast 10 trees @ U$.2 each where by you can be provided with photos of those trees.