‘Act Now For Tomorrow’ has recently been launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). ‘Act Now For Tomorrow’ is a digital mapping project created in order to help young people all around the world better identify climate issues in their communities and provide them with resources to take action against these problems.
Zayn Abaakil, a UNICEF child engagement coordinator spoke to the UN News Center at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in one of the conference halls and said, “The global climate map is engaging 500 young people from 65 countries.” She stated that the idea behind the project is for young people to have space to engage climate issues and show the link between these issues and the daily impacts that are affecting their health and access to education.
A report that the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction released last week has revealed that 90 percent of the major disasters over the last 20 years were caused by "weather related" events. Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UNISDR, has emphasized that the economic losses caused by these disasters are a major challenge for nations that are currently struggling to develop.
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France plans to give up to two billion euros to various countries in Africa in order to develop renewable energy over the next four years. President François Hollande made the announcement after one of the meetings during the Cop21 climate change conference near Paris. France plans to donate an additional six billion euros for the purpose of electricity provision in Africa between 2016 and 2020.
Hollande stated that France wants to set an example as he pointed out that Africa suffers from many of the consequences of global warming. However, he did denied Africa’s responsibility for greenhouse gas emission.
African leaders warmly welcomed the announcement. However, they also called on rich countries around the world to contribute to the realization of Africa’s energy needs. A plan for a 7,600 kilometer-long wall of trees and farms to stop desertification has also been submitted in order to combat climate change.
Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth has created a significant energy shortage. Ethiopia’s double-digit GDP growth over the past decade and government programs to increase access to electricity has led to a massive increase in power consumption. The lack of capital investment, outdated infrastructure, and heavy reliance on hydropower in Ethiopia has rendered the nation unable to keep pace with this increase in consumption. Despite these issues, recent energy deregulation in Ethiopia, namely the splitting of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation into two separate entities could be the beginning of a new era in the nation’s energy industry.
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