African countries comparatively contribute negligible amounts of carbon to the world’s total of greenhouse gas emissions. However, they still bear the brunt of global warming.
Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision to withdraw his country from the Paris Climate Accord of 2015, an agreement signed by all 54 African countries. This move has been cited as likely to worsen the climate situation in Africa, a continent already suffering the adverse effects of climate change.
Trump has promised to “stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to UN global warming programmes”. But with the U.S. stepping away from its role as one of the global leaders in the fight against climate change, focus now shifts to what African countries can do to mitigate the expected negative impact of this decision.
TALK AFRICA: Africa and the Paris Climate Accord (Part 1)
As President Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, China is cutting pollution and championing a clean energy revolution.
China’s government is closing coal-fired power plants and ramping up the use of renewable energy. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping called the Paris Agreement “a hard-won achievement”. And with growing economic and political ties between Africa and China, experts tout that the former can benefit from the transfer of knowledge and affordable technologies in clean energy.
Also the continent can draw lessons from China’s experience in the mitigation of the effects of climate change.