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Climate change poses a considerable threat to Africa’s population. As drought and heatwaves are projected to intensify by 2050, present and future generations will be more susceptible for two reasons. First, they will live to bear the brunt of severe weather events. Second, they lack the capacity to cope with the socio-economic challenges that might arise. Despite the plethora of literature urging sustainable environmental practices, a growing number of states pursue policies or are complicit in practices that exacerbate the impact of climate change. In consequence, some indigenes continue to explore lawsuits as means to trigger more sustainable policies and practices. The golden thread running through these cases, though tacitly stated, is the obligation of states to promote intergenerational equity. Given the lack of political will of governments to rapidly pursue eco-friendly practices, the chapter observes that intergenerational equity, if well-articulated, could be an important rallying point around which climate activists could press for their rights and that of their descendants in courtrooms. Keeping that in mind, this chapter provides an overarching conceptualization of intergenerational equity through which activists could draw from and apply to climate litigation.

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