Bankslave at Africa Climate Summit


Kenya hosted the inaugural Africa Climate Summit to deliberate on issues of climate change and its associated costs. The event which was attended by seventeen African Heads of State served as a platform for Africa to air out its views on climate change.

Compared to the West, Africa’s carbon footprint is significantly less. However, climate change is a global crisis that requires global collaboration and commitment. As a result, as highlighted in the Summit’s official website, Africa is ready to contribute to the world’s decarbonization efforts by leveraging its abundant resources, including renewable energy, critical minerals, agricultural potential, and natural capital.

Africa is ready to contribute to the world’s decarbonization efforts by leveraging its abundant resources, including renewable energy, critical minerals, agricultural potential, and natural capital.

Reducing carbon emissions requires global collaboration for the pooling of funds, formulation & implementation of policies, and technological innovations. President William Ruto advocates for the following funding mechanisms for achieving global carbon emission reduction:

  • Targeted taxes in sectors that highly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. These sectors include aviation and maritime.
  • The removal of fossil fuel subsidies. The subsidies on fossil fuel products promote their consumption, hence, increasing the emission of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
  • Implementation of a global fossil fuel tax.

Civil society organizations advocate for climate tax and debt incentives, suggesting that Africa has contributed less to climate change, and therefore should be compensated for the global effects of climate change. As an option, when borrowing from the West for development projects, climate action incentives should be a point of consideration for African countries, hence, influencing interest rates and repayment periods.

According to the World Health Organization, lower respiratory infections caused by air pollution are the fourth contributor to deaths in the world. To combat climate change and improve the quality of breathable air, local-based action is essential – especially those embedded in the needs and commitments of the local actors.

To close out the Africa Climate Summit, Bankslave in collaboration with Nairobi City County, commemorated the  International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies by creating a mural that depicts various air quality components, including images of Ella Kissi Debrah who died at the age of 9 years due to air pollution-related complications.

In addition, Bankslave’s involvement in the project demonstrates the role of art in fighting climate change and advocating for renewable energy adoption. In the spirit of #LetsMakeNairobiWork, it also demonstrates the Nairobi County government’s commitment to engaging and utilizing its talents to inspire positive change.


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