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EMBRACE RENEWABLE ENERGY: SCIENTISTS URGE AFRICAN LEADERS TO REJECT FOSSIL FUELS AT COP28

Climate Scientists and African Youth Urge Leaders at COP28 to Reject Fossil Fuels and Embrace 100% Renewable Energy Transition"
Leading climate scientists, supported by over 2,000 youth across 30 African countries, are urging African leaders to reject fossil fuels at COP28. In an open letter to African Heads of State, close to 50 scientists emphasized the need to transition the continent to 100% renewable energy instead of following a destructive path of fossil fuel development. The letter highlighted concerns about a new surge in oil, gas, and coal exploration driven by former colonial and neocolonial powers. The scientists urged African leaders to prioritize the development of modern, decentralized renewable energy sources for the continent. The letter warned of the risks associated with stranded assets, citing incompatible fossil fuel investments with the Paris Agreement and the 1.5°C warming limit. The urgency to address the climate crisis was emphasized as the continent has already experienced a 2°C temperature increase in some regions since 1900. The letter also called for financing adaptation plans and the UN Loss and Damage Fund from revenues generated by those most responsible for the climate crisis. The profit report of British oil giant Shell, coupled with record-breaking global temperatures, heightened the call for African governments to reject diversions from genuine climate and biodiversity solutions proposed by polluters and extractive industries, including carbon markets and biodiversity credit markets. Environmentalists advocated for African leaders to embrace clean energy and lead the world in transitioning to a renewable energy future. The call comes as Africa faces the potential devastating impacts of climate change.









  • Gabriel Nyambu

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    This is a significant and timely call, especially in the context of global efforts to address climate change.

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    • Princess

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      Global cooperation is key to addressing this significant challenge.

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      • Gorffly mokua

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        @princess_nel_268 Yes! Global cooperation is essential for effective and comprehensive action against climate change, as no single nation can address this complex issue alone.

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        • Rashid Kamau

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          @princess_nel_268 Absolutely

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        • rosebellendiritu

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          Fossils should be banned world wide if we want to save the earth

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          • Princess

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            @rosebellendiritu While a complete ban on fossils worldwide may be challenging, emphasizing a transition away from fossil fuels is crucial for the planet's sustainability

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          • Videlis Eddie

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            yes it high time Africa joins the rest of the world by transitioning to clean renewable energy

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            • Princess

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              @videlis_wanjiru Absolutely, the transition to clean renewable energy in Africa is not only essential for addressing environmental concerns but also for promoting sustainable development.

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              • Rashid Kamau

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                @videlis_wanjiru I believe this is doable and the transitioning is necessary.

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              • Rotich Kim

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                This should be embrace and probably encourage

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                • Videlis Eddie

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                  @rotich_kim its time for the African continent to shun off fossil fuels once and for all

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                  • Princess

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                    @rotich_kim Indeed, embracing and encouraging the transition to clean renewable energy is a positive and proactive approach.

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                  • Peter Kamau

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                    True, Africa is very prone to the long-term devastating impacts of climate change and it is very timely that experts drawn from across the continent give their informed take on the modern and decentralized ways renewable energy can be advanced.

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                    • Princess

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                      @peter_kamau The expertise drawn from across the continent is crucial for tailoring solutions that align with Africa's unique challenges and opportunities.

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                    • Munene Mugambi

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                      Let us not urge only African leaders, the world should shun fossil fuels

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                      • Videlis Eddie

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                        @munene_mugambi i agree with you but with the situation at hand its clear Africa is lagging behind in the transition towards total renewable energy

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                        • Princess

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                          @munene_mugambi Your point is well-taken. The transition away from fossil fuels should indeed be a global effort.

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                        • Gorffly mokua

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                          There should be No exception in this.

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                          • Videlis Eddie

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                            @gorffly_mokua the whole world is being affected by use of fossil fuels which means it should be a global commitment to phase out fossil fuels

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                            • Princess

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                              @gorffly_mokua Agreed, a comprehensive and collective effort with no exceptions is necessary to effectively address the challenges posed by fossil fuels.

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                            • zelda ninga

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                              Not only the African Leaders but all over the World should reject the use of fossil fuel.

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                              • Videlis Eddie

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                                @zelda_ninga_442 i agree this should be a global thing ...

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                                • Princess

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                                  @zelda_ninga_442 yes it should be a global effort.

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                                  • Rashid Kamau

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                                    @zelda_ninga_442 Sure,all leaders should be on the front-line to fight fossil fuels.

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