Global warming, often referred to as climate Change, is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth's climate. Global warming is having adverse effects on the environment, animals and human beings, in particular poor and marginalized communities around the world that are the least able to adapt to global warming or mitigate the impact of the changes. Most of the scientific community along with NGOs in the humanitarian, development and environmental sectors along with governments from the global south have worked to force the major economies that are leading contributors to global warming to address the devote money and resources to helping the countries most impacted and least able to adapt to climate change and also take the necessary steps to cut their greenhouse emissions.
Climate justice demands the fair treatment of all people and freedom from discrimination with the creation of policies and projects that address climate change as well as the systems that create climate change and perpetuate discrimination.” In the current context Climate Justice seeks to force the developed economies (and major contributors to global warming) to undertake the needed reforms and provide the resources in a manner that ensures justice and fairness. The impact of Climate Change is contributing to food insecurity, health issues, conflict and undermining livelihoods for millions of Africans who are already dealing with severe hardship.
The United States is a major contributor to global warming and continues to practice business as usual.The fact that those least responsible are also the most impacted speaks to yet another injustice between the global south and move developed economies and is consistent with Africa Action’s commitment to working with groups in Africa and the United States to fight for the dignity and wellbeing of the African people.
The role of both African and Western governments in perpetuating illicit financial flows at the expense of the African people is at the heart of this fight. Put simply, the money that leaves Africa illicitly could be going to economic development, poverty alleviation, and provision of social services.