Climate change, caused by the imperialist mode of production, has many different effects. In this article we want to shed some light on the influence of the greenhouse effect as a cause of flight on the African continent.

Humen, or rather the class society in which humen live, has exponentially increased the natural and vital greenhouse effect, which is an indisputable fact. And, especially in the oppressed nations of Africa, this has great influence on the peoples, especially on the poor and landless peasants.


In the last decades Africa has experienced a huge climatic change in large parts. In Central Africa, rainfall is steadily increasing, creating a subtropical climate south of the Sahel. What sounds positive to agriculture, is in fact the opposite. On the one hand, the people are entrusted with cultivation methods for drier climatic operations, on the other hand, the increased precipitation figures not in steady and calculable rainfall, but in heavy rain and tropical storms and the general shift of dry and rainy seasons, or even the complete absence of one of these Periods. This increasingly causes the destruction of entire harvests and the infrastructure, as well as the housing of the oppressed classes.

On African coasts, large areas are threatened by rising sea levels and will no longer exist by the same development, such as Lagos, Dakar or Cairo.

In southern Africa, precipitation numbers are falling drastically, in contrast to the center of the continent. What that means is obvious, more droughts, less crops and sinking groundwater levels. In some parts the situation has progressed so far that whole areas are threatening to become a desert, the process of so-called desertification.

This desertification is particularly noticeable north and south of the Sahara. There, the entire Sahel zone, an area that is tens of times the area of ​​the FRG, is heading to a desert.

These climatic changes are already leading to the transformation of entire ecosystems with disastrous consequences for the oppressed peoples of Africa. In addition, in many parts of the continent, the fish stocks are exhausted, which is due to the industrial overfishing, but also to the greenhouse effect itself. Due to the rising temperatures, the waters are also heated, which leads to a lower oxygen concentration in the water and thus to massive fish mortality. Often, the higher temperatures also promote the growth of certain algae, which lead to acidification of the waters.

Although there are hardly any statistical observations, but it is clear that this leads to large refugee movements on the African continent and as a logical consequence, of course, in the imperialist states, the perpetrators of the whole misery.



German Institute for Development Policy;

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