Hold the climate destroyers to account – activists | The new times
After lengthy discussions on how women too should be involved in environmental protection at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum in Kigali on Tuesday 21 June, the conversation took a turn when delegates pointed out that companies responsible for damage should be held liable.
It was during a session under the theme: “Gender and climate change: Interactions and opportunity for progress”.
Olive Uwamariya, a feminist from Rwanda, took the lead and asked why in important discussions large corporations with greater contribution to environmental damage are ignored.
“Today we are talking about 100 multinational companies that are responsible for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Why is the private sector not involved in this conversation when we know it has a big role to play?
“As we talk about personal and collective responsibility, how can we ensure that they are held accountable? asked Uwamariya.
Indeed, only 100 companies have been responsible for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, and it would be pointless not to hold them accountable if a green world were achieved, or at least the risk to which climate change affects us reduced.
“We come to meetings like this, recommendations are made and one of the commitments is to hold the culprits accountable. What are we doing as a Commonwealth to make sure the culprits pay the price?” asked Brighton Vita, Bishop of the Anglican Church of Malawi.
Other discussions held during the Women’s Forum invest more in the education of the girl, but without forgetting the boy.
Over 500 delegates are in Kigali at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum to discuss solutions to address pressing challenges affecting women and girls across the Commonwealth, and to ensure member countries have strong policies and programs in place to achieve gender equality goals by 2030.
The Forum, which is taking place in Africa for the first time ever, is themed: Delivering a Common Future: Transforming Gender Equality.
Apart from the Women’s Forum, several other clusters have been lined up including the Heads of Government Meeting (the main event), the Youth Forum which started on Sunday 19th June, the People’s Forum and the Business Forum which start both today.