Vanessa Nakate, a youth activist from Uganda spoke at this morning’s COP26 session with High Level Climate Ambassadors. Her words are stunningly honest and stark. This morning she pleaded for wealthy countries to contribute to the Loss and Damage Fund. Youth leaders point out that the Global South in particular is experiencing climate change now. Unlike rich countries, the Global South countries have to borrow money from richer countries in the form of loans that they are not able to pay back. The Loss and Damage Fund has only one contributor so far: the small country of Scotland which pledged $2M. Vanessa pointed out the truth: the largest contributors to climate change are the rich countries, with the whole of African countries contributing only 3%.
“If you fail, god help us.” ~Vanessa Nakate