Remember the film ‘The Day after Tomorrow’? Scenes from New Orleans of flooded streets and scavenging people suggest the day after tomorrow has arrived today. The massive power of natural forces combined with poor preparation and inadequate resources have shown up the huge weaknesses in social, technological and institutional structures. It’s as though the floodwaters have washed away and exposed fully the lack of planning and low priority given to securing life and livelihoods, especially of the most vulnerable people in the community. If this is what the whirlwind brings today in the southern USA, what might we reap in further storms and droughts from climate change tomorrow in poorer parts of the world? The African continent is particularly vulnerable to adverse impacts from such changes in climate.