Prof. Rajendra Ramlogan calls for bold leadership in tackling climate change

A professor of Commercial and Environmental Law at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, has called on African and the Caribbean leaders to adopt proactive measures in combating climate change.

Professor Rajendra Ramlogan, noted that both regions are disproportionately affected by climate change despite contributing very little to global carbon emissions.

He argued that a collaborative approach is essential for advocating equitable climate policies on a global scale.

Prof. Rajendra Ramlogan delivering his presentation on climate change

He made the remarks as a guest lecturer at an event organised by the Faculty of Accounting and Finance (FAF) at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Thursday, June 27, 2024.

The thought-provoking lecture, dubbed “Climate Justice: Forging a Caribbean and African Alliance,” delved into the complex and pressing environmental challenges facing both regions of the world.

Prof. Ramlogan painted a grim picture of the future economic impacts of climate change in the Caribbean and African regions.

Citing a 2020 study, he pointed out that, “Climate change damages in the Caribbean are projected to increase GDP losses from 5% to 20%. This means we will lose 20% of our GDP to climate change.”

“Eastern and Western Africa will experience a reduction of GDP per capita by about 15% by 2050. This means you [Africans] are going to get poorer,” he warned.

The renowned expert in environmental law called on individuals to be prepared for significant lifestyle changes as the world grapples with the escalating climate crisis.

Prof. Ramlogan stated that climate change is not just an environmental issue but a profound human rights concern.

“What happens when climate change makes a place impossible to live? Where will people go? Are we ready to live under inconsistent electrical supply to save the environment?” he quizzed.

In his address, Dean of the Faculty of Accounting and Finance Prof. Isaac Boadi praised the collaborative effort with the University of the West Indies and underscored the importance of such events in fostering and shaping future leaders’ understanding of global issues such as climate change.


“This lecture series is a testament to our commitment to addressing global challenges through education and collaboration,” Dr. Boadi said. “We are grateful to ProfessorRamlogan for sharing his expertise and inspiring us to think critically about our role in the fight for climate justice,” he added.

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