DRC activists say industrialized countries must pay for global warming impact

Activists from around the world took to the streets of the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday, where the UN climate conference, COP27, is taking place.

They called on industrialized nations to pay for the impact of global warming on the most vulnerable nations. And there was a strong contingent from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“We wanted to organize this march to show the whole world that it is time to react. It is not normal to be here without significant progress, especially since we, the DRC, are a solution country to climate change,” said Héritier Mpiana, Deputy Director, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the ‘environment.

To call for help

The group, gathered outside the conference center where the talks are taking place, sang songs calling for help for African countries.

Africa is responsible for less than 4% of global gas emissions, but the countries of the continent are the most vulnerable to climate change. However, the experts say they are the least equipped to answer it.

African negotiators have called for the provision of promised funding for adaptation and mitigation efforts. With the summit concluding on Friday, talks are expected to intensify over the next few days with the aim of reaching a final declaration acceptable to all delegates.

Teresa H. Sadler