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Youth Climate Activist Says US Should Help Poorer Nations to Adapt

Vanessa Nakate of Uganda says US must do more to assist those already suffering the adverse effects of a warming planet.

Vanessa Nakate
Vanessa NakatePhotographer: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Just because the next big climate conference is happening in Egypt doesn’t mean international leaders will pay more attention to the adverse effects already being suffered by developing nations, one of the world’s most prominent young environmental activists said.

“It’s important to highlight the need of having African voices” at November’s United Nations summit, known as COP27, yet many African climate activists are still struggling to secure accreditation and funding to attend, said Vanessa Nakate, a 25-year-old Ugandan.