???? Can young climate activists save Africa? | The Stream

A new generation of climate justice activists has come of age in the five years since 196 countries agreed to sign the Paris Agreement. And with Africa facing disproportionate impacts of climate change, young people across the continent are now leading the fight for urgent and effective action.

Young activists from countries including Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya are demanding that domestic, regional and global decision-makers take climate change more seriously, not least because younger generations will be the inheritors of a world profoundly altered by global heating. The impact of climate change is already particularly acute in Africa, with people across the continent already facing extreme weather conditions ranging from floods to prolonged drought – affecting crop yields, provoking tensions over access to land, and driving migration.

With populations across sub-Saharan Africa among the youngest in the world, youth campaigners are now encouraging other people to act directly within their own communities and change the conversation on climate action and justice. But with Africa only producing between 2 and 3 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, young campaigners across the continent are also trying to convince world leaders – including those representing the worst polluters on Earth - to act more decisively and give Africa a fighting chance.

Three climate activists join The Stream to discuss how they are working to ensure a just and stable future for Africa.

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