Last week the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Egypt. A COP in Africa. While the effects of the Climate Crisis severely affect thousands more people on a daily basis. While conflict is ongoing in Europe. During which the eight billionth citizen of the world was born… It is safe to say that the stakes in Sharm El Sheik were high.
- Were expectations met? Not fully.
- Should more be done? For sure.
- Is the role of public transport and active mobility taken seriously? Definitely!
Of course, these expectations are to be considered within the main two objectives of this COP:
- Recognise the loss and damage that climate change has provoked in developing countries and agree on a way to compensate them,
- Achieve a commitment to phase out fossil fuels.
The fact that this edition takes place in Africa makes the first point even more critical. The continent emits only 3 to 4% of global CO2 emissions. But at the same time, its people suffer the consequences of the climate crisis most. They are the first to experience extreme heat, the first to see rivers run dry, and the first to be forced to leave their home to survive.
Unfortunately a commitment to phase out fuel was not achieved.