- Adow said the final declaration was disappointing as it was like the other meetings that bore no fruits.
- He said several such meetings have taken place before but none mobilised people like the Africa climate summit.
Following the signing of the Nairobi Declaration on climate change, reactions have started streaming in from different climate experts.
The Nairobi Declaration was signed on Wednesday, on the final day of the Summit that began on Monday.
Founding Director of Power Shift Africa Mohamed Adow has said they expected the first-ever Africa climate summit to see a radical and people-centred vision for Africa.
Adow said the final declaration was disappointing as it was like the other meetings that bore no fruits.
"We want to see Africa forging a path that embraces Pan-African solidarity, putting people before profit and harnessing our unique position in history as well as vast renewable energy potential," he said.
“Rather than providing real and public funding into African renewables and adaptation, this week rich countries pledged money to prop up carbon markets that have never worked neither in Africa nor elsewhere."
The climate expert, however, said the debates around the summit brought certain benefits.
He said it boosted awareness of the climate crisis. Adow said despite Africa being the least impacted, the narrative is shifting.
"This summit has awoken a sleeping giant in the shape of people’s power and mobilisation. People are waking up to the reality of the climate crisis,"he said.
He said several such meetings have taken place before but none mobilised people like the Africa climate summit.
"Other big summits have taken place on African soil before but nothing has mobilised people like the reactions to the problematic way this meeting has been pushed by certain interests," he said.