Nigeria’s super rich embracing ‘climate apartheid’?

The Guardian recently ran a scathing article on Eko Atlantic, a city in the making that will be built on an island of dredged sand off Lagos, Nigeria’s capital.

The upcoming city is touted as a green, sustainable development that will offer jobs and security for those wealthy enough to live there. It is also billed as a way to stave off sea-level rise, one of the impacts of climate change. The city will be hemmed in by the “Great Wall of Lagos”, a sea defence barrier made of 100,000 five-ton concrete blocks, explains the article.

But Martin Lukacs, the article’s author, argues that this is simply a way for the mega rich to coccoon themselves away from the inequality that characterises Nigeria, a country where about 60 percent of the population live on less than a dollar a day, and slum dwellers are routinely evicted.

Writes Lukacs:

“Eko Atlantic is where you can begin to see a possible future – a vision of privatized green enclaves for the ultra rich ringed by slums lacking water or electricity, in which a surplus population scramble for depleting resources and shelter to fend off the coming floods and storms. Protected by guards, guns, and an insurmountable gully – real estate prices – the rich will shield themselves from the rising tides of poverty and a sea that is literally rising. A world in which the rich and powerful exploit the global ecological crisis to widen and entrench already extreme inequalities and seal themselves off from its impacts – this is climate apartheid.”

Read the full article at The Guardian.

Image via www.ekoatlantic.com.

 

Brendon Bosworth is urbanafrica.net’s online editor. Follow him @BrendonBosworth.

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