..Carbon Markets’ Comments
African climate activists have knocked Rwandan Minister of Environment, Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya over attack on Swedish youth climate activist, Greta Thunberg and for his comments on carbon markets which have continued to accelerate climate crisis globally.
The activists said what will fix carbon emission is for the African delegation attending COP26 in Glasgow to be courageous enough to advance real solutions like keeping fossil fuels in the ground, liability for polluting industries and Global North commitments to pay for global climate harms.
Leading activists, Nnimmo Bassey of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Ndivile Mokohena of GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice South Africa, and Akinbode Oluwafemi of the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA)’s reaction was in the wake of Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya’s attacks on Greta Thunberg and green groups’ critiques of trading carbon published in the Politico last week.
Mujawamariya, Rwanda’s Minister of Environment had come after Greta who was set to address a march to mark the “youth and public empowerment day” at COP26 in a tirade which included saying that those who don’t see market schemes as a silver bullet are “only complaining just to complain”.
But the African climate justice activists criticized the Rwandan minister remarks, insisting that she does not speak for Africa and urged her and delegates from the region to read the African Civil Society Position Statement and its ‘’Big CON’’, report to disabuse themselves of market-based mythology.
“The facts cannot be ignored. Africans contend with the biggest burdens of the climate crisis and know that these carbon credits are only a distraction from real emissions cuts, which if we fail to achieve, will be deadly for us—especially frontline communities, where life expectancy drops by the hour.”
They argued that: “Embracing carbon markets is a license for continued pollution, and assumes that suddenly, markets will cease to be what they have long been: a vehicle for greenwashing and neocolonialism.”
In response to the minister’s demand for a solution aside markets, they pointed out that:“We have many solutions grounded in what will require keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“We need our continental representatives to be advocating, for instance, that the wealthiest countries, which have historically been the largest emitters, provide funding for our national adaptation and mitigation plans. Our climate reality is, after all, a circumstance of their creation.”
The New Diplomat reported that Thunberg had slammed COP26 UN climate summit as “a failure.. This is no longer a climate conference. This is now a global greenwashing festival.
“It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure,” she had said during one of the several protest marches held in Glasgow last weekend.