WE HAVE DONE TOO LITTLE AND TOO LATE TO SAVE MOTHER NATURE
Some cynics claim that we have nothing to worry about even if the climate has changed drastically and variability in weather pattern is not going to be stable any soon. What comes into question is whether human progress has gone too far or not? According to climatologists and other scientists human progress has impacted on the climate. Too much pollution and especially the increment of carbon in the atmosphere has caused global warming. the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has since affirmed that there is human activity interfering with our mother earth. Burning of fossil fuel, carbon, and methane have increased the amount of carbondioxide into the natural atmosphere. Such carbon, methane and other gases form the so called blanket in the atmosphere which does not allow the sun radiation to get back to the space. Such retained heat from the sun accumulate and warm the earth surface including the water. The temperatures are increasing making climate patterns variable and unpredictable.
Whether you believe it or not, the damage has been done and there is no easy going back. Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, over-flooding, storms, heat, droughts, deserts, extreme cold, monsoon rains, and many other disastrous events occur in all corners of the globe. However, weather men tell us that the worst is still to come in the coming years. What is known to us is that frequency and intensity of such extreme weather patterns are real and affecting our economy, threatening our health, ruining agriculture, and rendering the economy more unpredictable. The gains of economic progress seem to go into drains if no precautionary measures are adopted.
What is left as a viable option is the adaptation. The vulnerability must be mitigated while resilience must be built by policy and decision makers. In reality, Africa is quoted as the continent that shall bare the brunt of the climate change impact even if it has made minimal contribution to the climate change. It is no longer wise to question who has damaged our climate ecosystem? It is also not relevant to point fingers to the developed world. What is now practical is to join hands and save the planet and its assets. Humanity is vulnerable as the climate change process is persistently going on and may not be reversed too soon no matter what. Mitigation is necessary but remains a long-term issue.
Adaptation is an urgent requirement in short term. It conditions each mortal man and woman to adjust to the new economic modes in order to survive and allow similar possibility for the future generation.
Africa is going to suffer it again as experts predict. African governments have done too little and too late to save themselves from the environmental tragedies and the wrath of climate change. The continent that has always been seen as poor and underdeveloped is now forced into its knees once again. The rich and capitalist nations are asked to bail Africa out. The forthcoming G20 summit that will take place in China this year should include Africa in its broad agenda…!
I still believe that market economy and technological progress have done a lot of good to humanity but at the same time have caused untold harm to the environment. Now it is difficult to imagine certain progress while whatever decision leaders come up with must take into account the impacts of climate change that is affecting the biodiversity and the natural ecosystem. Africa cannot pull back and watch the drama. The rest of the world cannot afford neglecting Africa. Climate change shall bring the world together around a negotiation table. It is not a win-win process but win-lose and all countries must join efforts in a cooperation to tackle this monster, the climate change. It is urgent and compelling our conscience not to be indifferent to this reality.
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