Make big
polluters
pay
Make big
polluters
pay
Make big
polluters
pay

TO: GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND DECISION-MAKERS ACROSS THE AFRICAN REGION

RE: HOLD BIG POLLUTERS LIABLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HARMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

We, the undersigned African civil society organizations, represent people and communities across the African region- women, children, farmers, families, the elderly, workers, laborers and especially those on the front lines of the climate crisis. We are writing because of the confounding climate, public health, and economic emergencies being experienced. We write to ask you to take steps that can help our region thrive, and to ask you to be a leader in making this bold but necessary vision a reality.

In 2019 at UN General Assembly, activists from around the world called on world leaders to act to hold liable the industries and corporations that have knowingly fueled and continue to worsen the climate crisis. Since then, more than 220 organizations and 199,000 people from nearly 70 countries- including many across Africa- have echoed this call. The industries that have fueled the climate crisis, funded climate denial, and blocked just climate progress for decades must pay for the damage they have caused. Holding them liable means ensuring that they are held criminally and financially responsible, and that they are made to end the practices that have driven this crisis in the first place.1

While we are amidst the fight of our lives, polluting industries like the fossil fuel industry and agribusiness are preparing for even more insidious expansion. The fossil fuel industry, for example, intends to produce twice as much fossil fuels by 2030 than is consistent with keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

These polluting corporations are most responsible for the climate emergency that is contributing to widespread drought and famine across the region and in many ways, they are also responsible for the multi-faceted crisis we are experiencing.

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