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Activist Vanessa Nakate Spoke at COP26 Panel About Climate Change Impacts

Dimple Gupta
Dimple Gupta
Vanessa Nakate - the Climate Justice Activist from Uganda at the COP26 panel talks on Saturday

Climate change has become a big concern today, and fits well with the phrase – “the invisible elephant in the room”. Most of the time people have been ignoring the fact that our reckless activities are deteriorating our planet’s health. How much will you take in return for how much you are willing to give?

One of the examples of direct impact on farmers can be seen at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) on Saturday when the Climate Justice Activist Vanessa Nakate, from Uganda, spoke on how climate change is impacting her homeland and the requirement of resources there.

She said – “The child going hungry at night matters, the mom who has to walk long hours to find water, to look for food for her family matters. The farmer who watches his fields wither and his family suffer matters.”

At the panel, Nakate also spoke on behalf of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit climate change education and advocacy group. It was founded in 2006 by Al Gore (former Vice President of the United States). It is a group of scientists, activists and cultural leaders who are running initiatives to raise awareness on building equitable solutions to combat climate change.

Farming has to be profitable to ensure that farmers have a decent standard of living and that new farmers are attracted to the profession” – said Tom Vilsak, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture who was also present at the panel at the ongoing COP26.

According to Reuters, on Tuesday at the conference, the United States and the United Arab Emirates announced about reaching an agreement of $4 billion to invest in new technology for farmers, along with they announced about launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C).

AIM4C is a joint initiative created by the US & the UAE, which seeks to address the climate crisis by uniting participants to significantly increase and accelerate investment in, and/or other support for, climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation over the next five years (2021-2025). Over 30 countries and 40 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are backing AIM4C.

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