African leaders: take action for Africa and the climate now

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Africa is not just on the frontline of the climate crisis, it is on the frontline of extraction and exploitation and a new scramble for African oil and gas - that has to end.

African leadership must step up. They can’t simply hide behind the greed of foreign governments and corporations - they must take responsibility, and tackle the extractive system head on if we have any hope of tackling the climate crisis. 

To: African Heads of State

We demand you step up, show vision, represent the interests of Africa and Africans, and lead. That means:

  • Phase out coal in all African countries
  • Resist the new scramble for African oil and gas and commit to Net Zero by 2050
  • Ditch short term, reckless investments in fossil fuels and get ahead of the game by investing in long term renewable energy solutions, creating jobs and a cleaner future
  • End new industrial logging and agriculture in rainforests, and set targets for restoration of already degraded forests
  • African leaders must do better for our people, urging foreign governments to work with them to curtail illegal fishing and logging, support impacted local and Indigenous communities directly, and back a transition to renewable energy sources
  • Finally, African leaders must focus on building partnerships within the continent and beyond it over loans, grants and other forms of neocolonial aid.

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