We teach about the importance of creation care, and we see many businesses increasing their understanding and purposefulness of being good stewards of creation. But we can't control the overall climate, so the businesses and farms that we work with across Africa suffer, and all we can do is watch and pray.
According to a recent report put out by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Africa is suffering the most. Consider these statistics:
- Between 1960 and 2020, Africa only accounted for 3.3% of global emissions. Asia, Europe, and North America have each emitted over eight times the carbon of Africa
- In Africa, temperatures are increasing faster than the global average, and they are projected to continue doing so during the rest of the 21st century.
- Africa is most affected of all world regions by droughts and second most affected by floods, with at least 215.3 million people affected over 2010-2022.
- Climate change is forecasted to push an additional 78 million people into chronic hunger by 2050, over half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
- 39.7 million additional people in sub-Saharan Africa could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030 due to climate change, more than in any other world region.
- Since 2010, the number of protests and riots in Africa over water resources have multiplied by 40.
- In 2020, 4.3 million persons in Africa were newly displaced by natural disaster events, accounting for almost 40% of all new internal displacement on the continent in that year.
- While almost three-quarters of African countries have achieved SDG13 on climate action, no EU or North American countries is on track for achieving the same.