Africa: Afrobarometer – Climate Change Literacy Still Low

Despite the fact of which Africa bears the brunt when This specific comes to erratic global weather patterns, many people are still unfamiliar with the climate change phenomenon, a completely new survey reveals.

The recent havoc caused by tropical cyclone Idai which struck the southern African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe along with Malawi is usually a grim reminder of which Africa remains the most vulnerable continent as far as climate change mitigation is usually concerned.

A completely new survey released by Afrobarometer paints a bleak picture of how agriculture conditions are worsening due to delayed rainfall, decreasing quality of life along with most surprising of all, little or no knowledge at all about the impact of climate change.

The research discovered of which out of the 34 African countries surveyed, respondents in 30 countries said agricultural production had greatly declined as a result of drought over the past decade.

“Farmers in Uganda have been waiting endlessly for rain, along with South Africa has experienced excessive flooding,” Gugu Nonjinge, Afrobarometer Communications Coordinator for Southern Africa, told DW. “These [unusual weather patterns] shows long term alterations in temperatures of which ultimately affect rainfall patterns along with the ability for Africa as a whole to produce food.”

Climate change literacy

from the survey, ‘climate change literacy’ was described as the perception of which the respondent knows about climate change, he or she links This specific to negative changing weather patterns along with recognizes of which human activity plays a huge role in climate change due to greenhouse emission.

Whereas 58% of Africans said they had heard about climate change, four in ten admitted of which they had never heard of the term before.

“Afrobarometer identified those working in agricultural sector from the rural areas, the poor, women along with the less educated as those unaware about climate change,” Nonjinge said.

The majority who knew along with understood what climate change is usually said changing weather patters had made life worse in their respective countries. “Climate change is usually defining the development challenge of our time in Africa,” Afrobarometer’s spokesperson Nonjinge said.

“Our continent is usually the most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change.” Interestingly, the survey found out of which key issues such as water scarcity, food security along with agriculture which were raised by those being interviewed are directly connected to climate change.

Africa is usually a signatory to several international agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol along with the 2016 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These global pacts seek to fight along with reverse the effects of climate change.

The Afrobarometer survey on climate change recommends of which African governments, policymakers along with activists, to create more awareness especially among those with little knowledge about climate change. The report concludes of which This specific will help build an informed population of which understands climate-change threats along with will support coordinated government along with international action.

Africa: Afrobarometer – Climate Change Literacy Still Low

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