The truth behind

Climate Change


These are the regions that are most threatened by Climate Change. Now consider that Africa is the smallest contributor to greenhouse gases in the world…

.Does that seem fair to you?

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Toward the end of this century
large and highly populated
coastal areas like these will
be subjected to sea level rise
and major flooding…

 

So what’s going on where?
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Just click on the regions of this map and we’ll tell you. Click a marker to visit our blog of that country (available when GREEN!)

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Within 50 years from now
desertification will cause
an arid land increase of 8%

 

This means the lives of people already struggling to
get clean drinking water will become even harder!

Regional Vulnerability to Climate Change

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Climate change is expected to have severe consequences on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world, but its effects will not be evenly distributed. Although Africa is the smallest contributor to the emission of greenhouse gasses in the world, research shows that it is by far the most vulnerable to climate change. But which areas will be hit the hardest, and how do we know this?

The assessment of vulnerability depends to a certain extent on the likelihood that a region will undergo a change in its climate, but such region’s capability to adequately deal with the effects of climate change is equally important. Factors like population density, community resilience, political instability and internal conflicts are important indicators of vulnerability. With thanks to the Robert S. Strauss Center, these maps show Africa’s regional vulnerability to climate change, relative to the rest of Africa. The map on the right combines the four sources of climate vulnerability shown below and gives a overview of the most vulnerable parts of Africa.


Climate Hazards

Geographic location makes some countries more susceptible than others to the impacts of climate change. The above model is based on historical exposure to cyclones, wildfires, floods, coastal elevation, rainfall anomalies and chronic water scarcity.

Population

In the event of an extreme weather event, large numbers of people needing supplies and services – including food, water, shelter, and medical care – can overwhelm existing facilities and resources and if the effects of climate change force rural populations to migrate to urban areas, the sudden population shift may put further strain on local systems.

Community Resilience

Communities where many people are sick, or lack access to health care and basic necessities, are likely to be less resilient in response to climate related emergencies. In areas with low levels of education, people may have fewer entrepreneurial skills to cope with climate hazards. Factors like education, access to clean drinking water and public health can have significant impact on climate change vulnerability.

Governance

Government support can help communities prepare for and adapt to the expected impacts of climate change. And when extreme weather events do occur, national governments are often called to respond. If governments are unable or unwilling to meet the needs of their citizens, an otherwise manageable natural phenomenon can become a disaster, putting large numbers of people at risk of death from starvation, disease, or exposure to the elements.

 If governments are unable or unwilling to meet the needs of their citizens, an otherwise manageable natural phenomenon can become a disaster, putting large numbers of people at risk of death from starvation, disease, or exposure to the elements. Government responsiveness and capacity, availability of external assistance, political stability, and presence of violence are important indicators for climate vulnerability.

Climate change is projected
to have a major impact on
public health and the spread
of diseases such as Malaria
and Ebola…

So can you give me an overview of what’s happening?

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Sure thing… In fact, the effects of Climate Change in Africa can be broken down in two categories: direct effects and indirect effects. Direct effects are the ones that you see on the map to the right. They include sea-water rise, increase and decrease of rainfall, changes to ecosystems, desertification, glacier melting, heavy weather increases and coral bleaching.

The actual impact on millions op people’s life on the continent however, comes primarily from indirect effects of Climate Change. The real pain is in the fact that changing ecosystems will cause agricultural yields to drop by 90% before 2100. It’s in the fact that Africa’s most densely populated areas are all situated along the coast and regional circumstances prevent countries from preparing themselves for the flood. The real problem is in the fact that climate change will cause major migrations within and beyond the continent and that this unrest will  spike violence and armed conflict in in regions that are already politically unstable.

What is really important is that Climate Change has so many foreseeable and unforeseeable spill-over effects that we can’t even begin to imagine the impact it will have on a continent that is already struggling in so many ways.

If there is one thing we want you to remember about Climate Change in Africa, it’s that we kind of did this to them… African economies do not produce enough greenhouse gasses to contribute to Climate Change at all. In fact, their ecosystems absorb more carbon dioxide than they can produce. Fossil Fuels have been the backbone of our economic growth for decades. While we used these natural resources to increase our wealth, we were silently destroying a less lucky part of the world.

Now, it is time to take our responsibility: we need to slow down Climate Change the best we can, while at the same time helping Africa to protect itself from the effects of Climate Change that are already imminent.

To do this, we need your help to spread the word.  Just by following us and sharing our photography and video’s with your friends, you can already make an impact. But we would really like you to take action yourself… Click the button below to find out what you can do to decrease your carbon dioxide footprint today.
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