African nations have only marginally contributed to global warming relative to developed and emerging economies in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. However, the African continent will bear a disproportionate burden of the negative impacts of climate change. Climate-related challenges like flooding, drought, and intense heat waves will increasingly confront the continent at a worsening rate. African nations should not be expected to take the lead in addressing a climate emergency they did not create. The priority for Africa is to receive support and investment to build resilience and adapt to climate impacts.
Environmental Law | International Law | Law
Martin D. Brauch & Brenda Akankunda,
Investment Governance in Africa to Support Climate Resilience and Decarbonization,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sustainable_investment_staffpubs/210