Kenya hosts major concert to press for new climate deal
16 November 2015, 21:29
Nairobi - Kenya's capital Nairobi on
Saturday hosted a major concert attended by leading African green campaigners,
artists and grassroots leaders to mobilize support for a new climate deal.
Thousands of revelers attended the concert organized by Pan
African green groups to press world leaders to support a legally binding treaty
to curb green house gas emissions during the Paris climate summit to be held in
Green advocates and celebrities were united in their call
for world leaders to endorse a new climate treaty to help save the planet from
negative impacts of rising temperatures.
"The call for action should be amplified as we head to
Paris to negotiate for a new climate treaty that is not only legally binding
but sensitive to Africa's concerns ranging from food, water and energy
security," said Ed Pomfret, a senior Programs Officer at Oxfam, a global
Green campaigners have this month organized a series of
concerts in cities across the world to catalyze momentum towards adoption of a
new climate deal.
Speaking to Xinhua on the sidelines of the Nairobi concert,
Pomfret said world leaders have an obligation to pass laws that protect
vulnerable communities from negative impacts of climate change.
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"There is urgency to act now and save the planet from
vagaries associated with climate change. World leaders should listen to the
voices of the people who suffer most from recurrent drought cycles and
flooding," said Pomfret.
Campaigners have intensified the call for major emitters to
compensate poor communities that have borne the brunt of climate change.
Pomfret revealed that Oxfam has partnered with Pan African
climate justice movement to press for actualization of the annual 100 billion
U.S. dollars pledged by the developed world to boost climate resilience in the
"We are calling on the industrialized world to honor
their financial commitment to support the fight against climate change. Half of
the 100 billion dollar climate fund should be channeled towards adaptation
programs," Pomfret said.
He commended China and the United States for making new
commitments to reduce their carbon emission levels.
African political, corporate and community leaders, must
speak with one voice to push for a climate deal that reflect the continent's
needs and aspirations.
Mithika Mwenda, the Secretary General, Pan African Climate
Justice Alliance (PACJA), said African countries stand to gain immensely from
the adoption of a new climate deal in Paris.
"There is need to accelerate the momentum towards
agreeing on a new accord that addresses issues of compensation, finance and
technology transfer to help the African continent tackle climate change,"
Performing artists, cyclists and grassroots campaigners
attended the Nairobi concert to raise the African voice ahead of Paris climate
Revelers urged African leaders to push for adoption of a new
accord that injects fresh momentum towards achieving zero carbon growth in the
"We require serious commitment from our leaders to help
secure a new climate deal in Paris. The future of this planet is in peril if we
do not act now to halt emission of green house gases," said Carol Wambui,
the national coordinator, Kenya Youth Climate Network.