Nairobi, 28 November, 2022 / 9:19 pm (ACI Africa).
An African Catholic Priest heading a Jesuit entity has lauded the resolution by the United Nations 27th Conference of Parties Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt to establish a loss and damage fund as an “important first step” in attaining climate justice.
The fund, agreed upon during the November 6-20 COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, will see developed countries across the globe contribute to a global kitty intended to support developing countries that are facing the devastating impacts of climate change.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa, the Director of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA), a department of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), says, “The establishment of a loss and damage fund is an important first step,”
In the November 22 statement, Fr. Charles Chilufya says the institution of the fund 30 years after it was first floated “sounds like the rich nations faced the persistence of the widow in Luke 18:1-8 in the Christian Bible who was granted justice ‘so that she won’t eventually come and attack me’!”
In 1991, Vanuatu, an island country in the South Pacific Ocean (UN), suggested that rich nations, which had contributed the most to pollution, help countries that have been most affected by climate change.