Africa suffers Climate Change

What Is Climate Change?

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.

Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.

Examples of greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change include carbon dioxide and methane. These come from using gasoline for driving a car or coal for heating a building, for example. Clearing land and forests can also release carbon dioxide. Landfills for garbage are a major source of methane emissions. Energy, industry, transport, buildings, agriculture and land use are among the main emitters.

Greenhouse gas concentrations are at their highest levels in 2 million years

And emissions continue to rise. As a result, the Earth is now about 1.1°C warmer than it was in the late 1800s. The last decade (2011-2020) was the warmest on record.

Many people think climate change mainly means warmer temperatures. But temperature rise is only the beginning of the story. Because the Earth is a system, where everything is connected, changes in one area can influence changes in all others.

The consequences of climate change now include, among others, intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms and declining biodiversity.

The Earth is asking for help.

People are experiencing climate change in diverse ways

Climate change can affect our health, ability to grow food, housing, safety and work. Some of us are already more vulnerable to climate impacts, such as people living in small island nations and other developing countries. Conditions like sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion have advanced to the point where whole communities have had to relocate, and protracted droughts are putting people at risk of famine. In the future, the number of “climate refugees” is expected to rise.

Every increase in global warming matters

In a 2018 UN report, thousands of scientists and government reviewers agreed that limiting global temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C would help us avoid the worst climate impacts and maintain a livable climate. Yet the current path of carbon dioxide emissions could increase global temperatures by as much as 4.4°C by the end of the century.

The emissions that cause climate change come from every part of the world and affect everyone, but some countries produce much more than others. The 100 least-emitting countries generate 3 per cent of total emissions. The 10 countries with the largest emissions contribute 68 per cent. Everyone must take climate action, but people and countries creating more of the problem have a greater responsibility to act first.

Photocomposition: an image of the world globe looking worried to a thermometer with raising temperatures

We face a huge challenge but already know many solutions

Many climate change solutions can deliver economic benefits while improving our lives and protecting the environment. We also have global agreements to guide progress, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Three broad categories of action are: cutting emissions, adapting to climate impacts and financing required adjustments.

Switching energy systems from fossil fuels to renewables like solar or wind will reduce the emissions driving climate change. But we have to start right now. While a growing coalition of countries is committing to net zero emissions by 2050, about half of emissions cuts must be in place by 2030 to keep warming below 1.5°C. Fossil fuel production must decline by roughly 6 per cent per year between 2020 and 2030.

Growing coalition

Adapting to climate consequences protects people, homes, businesses, livelihoods, infrastructure and natural ecosystems. It covers current impacts and those likely in the future. Adaptation will be required everywhere, but must be prioritized now for the most vulnerable people with the fewest resources to cope with climate hazards. The rate of return can be high. Early warning systems for disasters, for instance, save lives and property, and can deliver benefits up to 10 times the initial cost.

We can pay the bill now, or pay dearly in the future

Climate action requires significant financial investments by governments and businesses. But climate inaction is vastly more expensive. One critical step is for industrialized countries to fulfil their commitment to provide $100 billion a year to developing countries so they can adapt and move towards greener economies.

Climate finance

Reclaiming the African Dream

On 14th May 2014, Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin a Ugandan Politician,  and President of Heal The Planet Global Organisation-HTP (www.healdeplanet.org) in Special Consultative Status with United Nations Presented a paper to HTP Team in which he stipulated the need to prioritize Africa in terms of Development and Transformation and start initiatives that would help to confront the Challenges of the Continent.

Africa At Heart is a fully registered Non-Profit Organisation in Kampala Uganda located on Namasuba Hill off Entebbe Highway. Please visit http://www.africatheart.org

A continent that has thrived through the slave trade, colonialism, coups, civil wars, disease, poverty, natural calamities like floods, famine, human rights violation, and instability would reclaim the dream of its predecessors under a combined and unified loud voice. This is Africa at Heart incorporated as a Non-Profit Organisation.

This could see the rise of better standards of living of the people of Africa, improved transport, free mobility of labor, growth of the economy, boosting of Tourism, sustainability of peace and security, developing of industries, conservation of Aquatic and Wildlife, as well as protection and conservation of the environment at the continent, will see Africa emerge into a superpower ever of all times.

The aspect of a Political federation is an ambition more still the sense of a unifying factor and cooperation as well as partnership and joint ventures for Military, Security, Trade, Transport, Education, Banking, Communication, Health, Research and so much more are exceptional factors.

With this deal, it’s of no doubt that Africa At Heart will achieve alongside A.U which of course we highly appreciate for standing the test of time but in order to redefine and reclaim the African Dream, we’ve got to move much faster than this hence the call for Africa.

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Africa at Heart, HTP Make Global Appeal for Humanitarian Aid towards COVID 19.

Since the outbreak of Corona Virus Pandemic, third world countries with families surviving on less than a dollar per day have been heavily affected. There’s growing fear of people dying of hunger amidst broken health facilities that cannot enable them to access treatment or testing. Heal The Planet Global Organisation in Special Consultative Status with United Nations seeks your kind donation to support 1000 families in several countries most especially Africa with a generous gift of 100$ each. With this amount of money, each family will get 50kgs of posho, 50 kgs of beans, soap, cooking oil, sanitizers, and sugar. We’re undertaking this in 3 stages both immediately and post COVID 19 pandemic. You can make this donation direct to our Bank Account or other methods you’re comfortable with.

A/C NO: 1032200854659, EQUITY BANK UGANDA FOR DONATIONS IN THE NAME OF HEAL THE PLANET GLOBAL ORGANISATION OR A/C No 1001201441276 in the name of Africa at Heart. All accounts are in Equity Bank Uganda with Swiftcode EQBLUGKAXXX All proceedings will be made public for recognition. Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference (Kevin Heath). Unexpected kindness is the most underrated agent of human change. (Bob Kerry). Do things for people not because of who they are or of what they do in return but because of who you are (Harold S Kushner) More video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BH0d…

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