Young people demand climate justice in the run-up to UN talks Cop27 | climate crisis

Young people from some of the countries hardest hit by climate collapse have warned that they are not victims but a force to be reckoned with in the run-up to the United Nations climate conference in Egypt.

Led by Climate Groups via Africa And from the Middle East, hundreds of activists from countries least responsible for the crisis but suffering the worst effects have gathered in Tunisia to prepare for what they say will be a collective struggle for justice for their countries and societies, which they will do. Take to Cop27 next month.

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They campaign on issues including adaptation financing and compensation for damages to countries that have been most responsible for global warming.

in policeman 26 In Glasgow, delegates promised a total of $350 million to help the hardest-hit countries adapt to the climate emergency. But promises of funding have been abandoned in the past, and the issue of adaptation funding, along with the demand for funding for the losses and damages that the United States and Europe will pay to countries at risk, is a point of conflict with the global south.

Maria Reyes, 20, from Mexico, attended Climate Camp in Tunisia because her experience as a Global South representative at Cop26 was very disappointing. She said the gathering was exclusive and member states wasted time arguing about the breaks, rather than addressing important issues.

She said: “I came home after the cop desperately in need of engaging in local resistance, because Glasgow made me lose all faith in international politics and made me realize that the real resistance against the climate crisis comes from the grassroots and indigenous communities.” . “I wanted to join the camp to be a part of building a space where we can develop capabilities and plan how we express ourselves during Cop.”

Aisha Seddiqa, 23, a Pakistani activist who has organized several school strikes for climate since 2019, believes that in order to fight the crisis, people have to address the grievances that mean people from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia, the countries that have contributed the least, She suffers the most.

“I come from a tribal community in northern Pakistan and our way of life is in grave danger as heat waves are becoming more common, glaciers are melting and flash floods are wiping out entire villages. These are things we cannot adapt to, the loss of community, culture and families that we cannot recover from.” .. I was very keen to attend this camp in Tunisia and build a community with people doing environmental work on the ground.”

Some of those who attended the camp will travel to Egypt For Cop27, hopefully this time the conference will adequately address the needs of countries least responsible for the climate emergency.

Omar Al-Mawi, 34, from Kenya, is a climate activist who coordinated a campaign to stop the spread of violence The longest crude oil heating pipeline in the world in East Africa, which is expected to contribute at least 700 million tons of carbon dioxide2 It is expected to be operational within 20 years.

Realizing that I was one of the 3.6 billion people in developing countries bearing the brunt of the climate crisis while we had done little to cause the problem, joining the camp allowed me to meet and learn about fellow climate victims from other countries in the Global South,” he said.

“My goal is to rise from the ashes to show that we are not just victims but a force to be reckoned with. All we have to do is transcend our small differences and find unity of purpose to stop the exploitation of the resources of the Global South, including oil and fossil gas, for the wealthier nations, and instead of That, driving real solutions that provide accessible and affordable energy to the millions of people who suffer from energy poverty.”

Greenpeace, one of the organizers of the Climate Camp in Tunisia, has expressed outrage over the disclosure of the Cop27 event. It will be sponsored by Coca-Cola, the major international polluter.

The Egyptian government announced last week that the beverage company would be a sponsor. In the audits conducted by Breakfree of PlasticCoca-Cola has consistently been identified as the world’s largest plastic polluter. More than 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels.

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