Thanks to Paul Schaafsma and his extensive on-line research. These are stories we should all absorb. Of course Africa has almost no responsibility for Climate Change so the suffering is entirely undeserved. The rest of this page is essentially a blog by Paul.
I spend hours each day networking with climate activists in Africa. We are collaborating on a documentary to call attention to the vast human toll of the climate crisis in Africa, where victims of climate chaos number in the tens of millions.
This is a link to the forecasts for South Sudan, where the human toll of the climate crisis is especially severe, and over half the population is in urgent need of aid.
This is my good friend Mulindwa Moses, a Ugandan climate activist who educates school children on ecological crisis and the need to move rapidly toward a sustainable future. In a Guardian article this year, Mulindwa said:
“Being a climate activist in Uganda is very hard,” Mulindwa says. “You cannot hold a strike with large numbers to create awareness because the government [does not] allow it, and I have lost friends, who say they can no longer associate with me because I stand on the side of roads holding signs and spend most of my time planting trees.”
A recent BBC report points out Africa’s “two degrees warmer already.” The result is a concentration of extreme weather disasters on the African continent that you almost have to see to believe. The BBC continues “So what you have here, essentially, is a glimpse into the future, and its not looking promising.”
As I type this, 45 million people are going hungry in Southern Africa alone due to fossil fueled drought. Some 2.5 million are still in dire need of humanitarian aid in Mozambique a year after back to back cyclones, Idai and then Kenneth, tore that country apart. In just the last 3 months of last year, 3 million East African lives were devastated by flood, one capital city getting 3 years of rain in one day.
Now to make emergency levels of food insecurity even worse they have locusts, devouring what crops have survived record heat, drought, flood and cyclone.
The catastrophic climate change impacts we discuss as a future threat are a fact of daily life on the African Continent. Eyes glaze over at the numbers, but the village of Mousgoy’s plight is so extreme and its 2,000 people few enough to resolve the statistics into individual human beings, who urgently need our help. Facebook and Twitter friends have donated. If you can too we may yet get to our goal. Please share this email with anyone you think might respond.