Climate Leader of Vital Landscapes at the World Resources Institute Says if Africa Loses Her Remaining Natural Forests She Will Lose Her Livelihood

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In the new Net Zero film, Dr Susan Chomba shares with Youth Climate Activist Levy Nyirenda Africa’s progress on forest restoration and food system supply in solving Africa’s climate challenges.

NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The world loses about 15 billion trees a year. Conserving, restoring and growing new trees helps biodiversity and fights climate change. What solutions are leaders in Africa using to reverse the loss of trees?

In Net Zero Speaks With Susan Chomba, the new show in the Net Zero series, Climate Activist Levy Nyirenda explores the issues of forest restoration, food system supply, carbon emission reduction, and the role of technology in solving the climate challenges faced in Africa.

Dr. Susan Chomba is the Director of Vital Landscapes at the World Resources Institute (WRI) where she leads WRI’s work on forest protection and sustainable management, restoration, food systems transformation and governance in Africa. Chomba stresses that forest restoration is critical, noting that “If we lose our own remaining natural forests, we will lose our livelihood.” Africa is responsible for only 4% of global carbon emissions, argues Chomba, but yet “African farmers are struggling with drought and flooding and a rapidly changing climate they did little to contribute to. We need to shift to development pathways whether in transport food production or energy that are actually clean,” says Chomba, who believes the “big carbon emission reductions” must come from industrialized countries.

Watch the Interview here

The Protect our Planet Movement in association with Planet Classroom has launched the acclaimed Net Zero video and podcast series in which 24 youth climate activists from the Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement in association with Planet Classroom ask international thought leaders working on the environment the big questions as to how their nations are progressing towards their 2050 Net Zero pledges.

About the Protect Our Planet Movement

The Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement is an initiative designed to address the urgent need to share information and knowledge with the youth on solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN, mitigate climate change, and adapt to its growing impacts. Intended to ultimately reach the size, scale, and momentum to become a global movement, POP mobilizes the youth worldwide to take collective action needed to mitigate climate change and protect threatened ecosystems.

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