End dependence on developed countries
Some young activists, like Wathuti, say the African continent should expect rich countries to drastically cut emissions and compensate for the damage caused by climate-related destruction. Africa accounts for only three to four percent of global emissions, despite having 17 percent of the world’s population. At the same time, other activists say that African countries themselves need to do something because developed countries have failed to keep their promises. Comoros Islands activist Hunaidt Abdurrahman said Africa needs to stop relying on developed countries for funding.
Ocean can become a challenge for 116 million population
Vathuthi said the talks should be about “accountability” and hoped that the conference would also discuss the “promises made but not fulfilled”. Ugandan activist Vanessa Nkate agreed that funding from developed countries is important for the African continent to achieve its goals. The United Nations weather agency said 116 million people living in coastal states and islands in Africa are at risk of rising sea levels, and by 2050, African countries are projected to spend $50 billion annually on climate-related impacts.