The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — a UN body that informs policymaking through science —recently released its sixth assessment report that essentially stated that the world’s climate was changing at an alarming rate and has warned that the ramifications of this would be unprecedented.
Africa’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change cannot be overstated enough; mean temperatures and hot extremes have emerged in all land regions in Africa above natural variability compared to 1850-1900, according to a landmark report by the IPCC. Africa has contributed the least to climate change and yet crucial developmental markers for the continent have been severely impacted by it, with experts fearing that the continued rise in global warming will lead to substantial loss and damages that would only fuel unrest and conflicts.
Not only is Africa extremely vulnerable to climate change, but its capacity also to address its impact is inadequate in the face of global financing shortfalls, lack of information on climate change characteristics within local contexts, and various economic as well as institutional barriers. If there is any time to work together to address these barriers, it would be now. So, join us in this edition of our Africa community hangout, as we take a closer look at:
- What you need to know about the latest IPCC report, its implications for Africa, and how to find this information
- How to amplify the message of the IPCC report within our local contexts to inspire action
- Where do we go from here?
Date: April 21st , 2022
Time: 3pm (GMT +3)
Meet our Speakers
Marlies Craig is a biologist, specialized in Parasitology and Epidemiology, mainly of malaria, and a post-graduate diploma in Adult Education. She is currently employed as a Science Officer in the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (or IPCC) Working Group II Technical Support Unit, where she supports the IPCC Co-Chair and the Sixth IPCC Assessment cycle. She is passionate about communicating scientific knowledge to the general public and gets involved in outreach activities and educational events both in her professional and private capacity.
Ethan van Diemen is a South African data and investigative journalist based in Cape Town, South Africa where he writes for Daily Maverick. Formerly based in Johannesburg as an Open Society Foundation Investigative Journalism Fellow, his reporting is at the intersection of climate change, energy, and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently a member of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network. Ethan was also one of Climate Tracker’s COP26 Climate Justice Fellows. Check out his stories here.
Andrew Okem is a Science Officer (Social Science) in the Durban office of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit (IPCC WGII TSU). He holds a doctorate in Policy and Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Before joining the IPCC WGII TSU in Durban, Okem worked as a Senior Research Fellow of the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he managed the impact assessment of teacher training programs.
This hangout will be hosted and facilitated by Climate Tracker’s Africa Community Manager, Joyce Chachu-Hilton.
We look forward to seeing you there! For information, please contact Joyce ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Also, we invite you to join our Africa online communities: