After the intense focus of the COP26 conference in Glasgow, what are the outcomes for east Africa, and the implications for our work in the region?
Like all NGOs working in countries on the frontline of the climate crisis we needed to see firm government commitments, and radical actions, to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
This is the threshold identified in October 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the world’s leading authority on climate science. Their report clearly demonstrated that warming above 1.5C would produce changes to the world’s climate system that would rapidly become irreversible.
“A rise of 1.5C is not an arbitrary number, it is not a political number. It is a planetary boundary, ” the eminent climate scientist Johan Rockström said categorically at the start of the conference.
Climate change is already dramatically impacting the farmers that Ripple Effect works with says CEO Paul Stuart.
“We are already seeing erratic weather patterns and soil erosion leading to poor harvests. Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees would still have a huge impact on the continent of Africa and the consequences worsen with each fractional increase above this threshold.” - Paul Stuart, CEO of Ripple Effect