Climate Politricks

A series on climate justice, tax justice and extractives in African spaces. Funded by Open Society Foundations. Guest edited by Grieve Chelwa.

A new documentary focuses on using the soil’s carbon absorbent properties to solve the climate change problem.

Social policy is essential to creating more just African countries. Why is it not the norm across the continent?

Philanthrocapitalists are driving massively profitable schemes dressed up as eco-friendly, pro-poor solutions to climate disaster.

Local biodiversity loss and degradation of resources will have the greatest effect on communities in regions of biofuel expansion.

No amount of clean technology, industrial growth or boosts to GDP will avert the economic and climate crises inextricable to profit-driven extraction.

Climate activists and leftists should tread cautiously when they use the climate argument to support fossil fuel subsidy reform in Africa.

Governments need funds for stimulus packages and aid to address COVID-19. But corporate tax avoidance and tax breaks for aid in African countries is undermining emergency responses.

As countries expand investment in decentralized renewable energy, its worth keeping an eye on who's profiting.

Can we move from temporary shame about our endless consumption of unethically sourced jewels and smartphones to concrete action?

One corporation's tax tussle with Tanzania holds many lessons for African countries that continue to struggle with the inequitable share of proceeds from their extractive sectors.

The shadowy world of bilateral investment treaties urgently needs African alternatives, especially if we want to combat climate change.

Legal cases against foreign multinationals in the Central African Copperbelt seek justice for decades of pollution. But activists should also investigate the historical legacies of colonial mining companies.

Angolan political authorities are not particularly interested in justice or tackling corruption. It is more about settling scores.

We can only end hunger when people have control over what they eat and how that food is produced.

Any talk about green transition and sustainability must not become a façade for neocolonial schemes of plunder and domination.

Communities that live and work in African woodlands must become central to conservation efforts.

How an environmental catastrophe catalyzed major anti-government mobilizations in Mauritius.

Africa should demand a politics where carbon removal targets and techniques are set by community decisions rather than by market forces.

In this, the first of a series of posts, we critically look at the implications of climate policy in the most powerful Western country for Africans.