November 21

Viewpoint: Green Exploitation Is Still Exploitation

As the climate crisis worsens, much of the world is looking to Africa for the solution. As countries look to build a more sustainable future, the continent is seen as holding the key – and the resources – to power a green transition.

After all, Africa holds 90% of the world’s chromium, essential for solar and geothermal power, as well as 90% of its platinum, used in electric vehicles. The Democratic Republic of Congo alone is estimated to contain most of the world’s cobalt, demand for which is set to skyrocket due to its use in electronic goods. The same is true of manganese, the biggest two producers of which are South Africa and Gabon.

Photo courtesy of mm-j.

Source: African Arguments (link opens in a new window)

climate change, mining, renewable energy, solar