A new survey suggests many Africans blame themselves for climate change even though fossil fuel emissions there are less than 4% of the global total.
The report, the most extensive survey ever conducted on public understanding of the issue, found that others blamed God for changes in weather patterns.
It suggests dealing with climate change poses similar challenges to HIV and Aids, as people lack key information.
It was carried out for the BBC World Service trust and the British Council.
It has become a well-worn truism of international climate politics that those that did the least to cause climate change are those set to suffer the most from it.
However the Africa Talks Climate Report indicates that this message hasn't got through to many of those bearing the heaviest consequences of rising temperatures across the continent.
Over 1,000 citizens in 10 countries took part in discussions to ascertain what Africans really know and understand about the climate.
BBC News - Africa 'lacks vocabulary to deal with climate change'
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid. - M. Aurelius
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The untrained eye at work, I've heard White people say the same thing, only they are called Nazis if they say it too loud.But most of those interviewed did not connect these changes with global causes such as emissions of carbon dioxide.
Instead people tend to blame themselves or their peers for local environmental degradation and some see the changes as a form of divine punishment.
Africans lack only the vocabulary of the trained PC believer, not the vocabulary to describe what they can see with their own eyes.
What the article suggests is that Africans be taught Political Correctness to align them with the proper views.