“Climate change activists push for urgent eeasures and fairness post-COP28”

… ActionAid urge financial institutions to cease financing deforestation and harmful industrial agriculture activities and highlighted biases in climate financing across various lending institutions

By Francis Maingaila

Lusaka, Zambia24 (27-02-2024) – In the aftermath of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), interest groups in Zambia voiced their disappointment at the lack of decisive action against climate change and emphasized the urgent need for mitigation measures.

At a review session held at the Urban Hotel in Lusaka, key speakers highlighted the global challenge of climate change and emphasized the necessity for collective efforts and unity to address it effectively.

Jovina Newanzeke, the Interim Country Director of ActionAid, highlighted the global challenge posed by climate change, stressing the necessity for collective efforts and unity to address it effectively.

Jovina Newanzeke, the Interim Country Director of ActionAid, pointed out the severe impacts of climate change, citing events like El Niño as evidence of its tangible effects on affected countries.

She called for a reassessment of development paths and policies, emphasizing the importance of robust implementation and enforcement to mitigate environmental calamities.

Additionally, Newanzeke stressed the inclusion of women and youth in climate action, recognizing their unique perspectives and challenges.

Abel Msumali, a Climate Change and Sustainability Expert, drew attention to critical issues hindering progress in climate finance.

He noted the inadequate compensation for environmental damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions in developing nations like Zambia.

Msumali urged COP organizers to establish clear parameters for the equitable distribution of the loss and damage fund and proposed the establishment of a new global public finance goal for adaptation alongside existing commitments.

Concurrently, Rabecca Mwambazi, ActionAid’s Climate Change lead, issued a call for urgent climate action, advocating for divestment from fossil fuels and investment in climate solutions such as agroecology and clean energy.

Mwambazi urged financial institutions to cease financing deforestation and harmful industrial agriculture activities and highlighted biases in climate financing across various lending institutions.

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