Fighting Climate Change Through a Global Cooperation
Fighting Climate Change through a Global Cooperation
The world’s climate is changing day by day, no doubt about it, as this has been proven by so many research and evidences that we see globally today: increased rainfall and drought in some regions, rapid melting of glaciers and Artic ice, changes in vegetation and increased environmental hazards, risen heat waves and high atmospheric temperatures etc. all these, are common evidence that indeed, the Climate is truly changing from better to worse, and will continue to worsen if nothing is done globally to stop it or at least, reduce it to a minimum rate.
This topic, has gained popularity among people globally, yet no lasting progress has been made to address it. This failure I guess is because the world has failed to apply the appropriate techniques and procedure to tackle this global threat. We already know that so many world organizations and government are already involved in the search of a solution to this global problem called, climate change still, we can boldly say that nothing better has been achieved.
In my own suggestion, climate change can best be combated using a procedure or tactics call, ‘Global Cooperation’, but what is it all about you may ask or wonder? This procedure must involve the engagement of all nations (rich and poor) because it is a global concern, though some contributed immensely in accelerating this change.
Through this global cooperation, the Earth will be saved from more rapid changes, and if possible, restored to a certain percentage, its lost glories. Here come my explanations of the global cooperation strategy of fighting climate change:
Firstly, we all know that the major cause of climate change (resulting to global warming) is the incessant emissions of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) by man, though other factors contribute to this, but their effects are minimal when compared to carbon dioxide effects. This carbon dioxide is mostly emitted through industrial processes, transportation, power generation processes and household activities, which are mostly from developed countries of the world, that dominate these sectors, though developing nations contribute too, but in a very minimal rate.
Again, this world emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, can never be brought to a 0%,no matter the effort by governments and other concerned bodies (let us be realistic for once and not to fool ourselves with politics and human tricks) put in place. But if you insist that we can, where will all the giant oil and gas companies of the world go? Where will most giant industries that depend solely on fossil fuel go? What will happen to global transport system (air, sea and land)? What will happen to the so many poorly constructed buildings with low or no insulation go (who will reconstruct them for almost 1,000,000 numbers of them that exist globally?)? What will happen to Africans who depend solely on soil and forest (thereby cutting down millions of trees for agricultural, building, wood and other purposes)? And many others not mentioned here.
Before this issue can be addressed effectively, the above facts must be looked into, and properly addressed one after the other or else, all efforts will look like a giant elephant projects, amounting nothing but big for nothing. What then is the best solution; I guess global cooperation tactics or approach.
This approach will make a concise but wise consideration of the rich and the poorer nations of the world. Having known the facts earlier mentioned in the last two paragraphs above, we must know that to fight global climate change problem, we must not only concentrate on campaigning for sustainable energy developments whereas more and more non-sustainable energy companies are being constructed globally ,every day. And mind you, people’s most prevailing need is survival (economically and financially), before comfort comes in. Remember McGregor’s theory on motivation (hierarchy of needs), a hungry man doesn’t seek for pleasure, as the statement goes, “man does not live by the bread alone, when the bread is there, but man can live by the bread alone, when the bread is not there”
Therefore, before any move should be made concerning climate change solutions, people’s welfare must be considered first; how can the masses gain employment through this fight for climate change? Those millions of global population, who are going to be rendered jobless in the course of greening the Earth (making the Earth free of carbon dioxide), what job alternatives are you going to provide for them? How reliable and available are those much said environmental friendly fuels, vehicles, equipments ect? What will happen to most Africans who depend on tree cutting and soil cultivation for living? What will happen to investors who invested billions of dollars in steel, cement, oil and gas companies?
These are another important set of questions to be addressed very carefully. Addressing these questions lies in this global cooperation. In a global corporation, international bodies like: the United Nations, will have to re-affirm the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which urges the rich nations of the world to pay the poorer ones, to maintain, reserve forests and plant more trees, which are capable of offsetting the emission carbon dioxide gas (the major greenhouse gas). Again, they should involve giant companies in developing nations (like: oil, gas, cement and others) in this CDM procedure, by speculating annually, the amount of money each of these developed countries (who contributed hugely in the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere) and giant companies will pay to a recognized organization (that will be developed basically for this), this body will now dispense these cash in a very wise and monitored manner, to interested individuals in developing nations, who would become forest entrepreneurs (by planting more and more trees, and conserving more forest for the world). These able men and women from these developing nations can come together and form forests entrepreneur groups.
Again, the UN will also make a law that would encourage or enforce countries to allocate free land to any forest entrepreneurial group or groups that are ready to use the land to be allocated to them solely, for the raisin of forest and planting of trees. Then shall also encourage developing nations to try and raise at least twenty big forests and plant not less than 500,000 trees before twenty years target. While doing this, those other people in developed nations can continue to carry on with researches and findings on alternative fuel and sustainable energy development, and not just waking up one day and mandating companies and industries to close down, in order to make the Earth safe, while rendering more and more people jobless- another threat to global welfare and economy, which might be too devastating and horrifying too.
Therefore, to find a lasting solution to this global problem called climate change, there must be this global cooperation among the nations of the world, whereby, people from the developing nations, who have nothing or less to contribute to this fight technologically and scientifically (due to their poor technology development) are given the opportunity to participate and hence to improve their standard of living through it, by re-affirming the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which will be a good encouragement to most developing countries in Africa and Asia, who depend more on forest and soil (at least, they will reduce the rate of falling down trees and forests destructions, since under this mechanism, they will be paid to plant trees and conserve existing forests instead destroying them). This will also be a source of reducing global unemployment and rampant illegal border crossings and trafficking from developing to developed countries in search of greener pastures, because most of their youths (developing countries) who always travel illegally to developed countries, will now be gainfully employed in their home countries, and hence, the Earth is saved from further climate changes.
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Justin Rowlatt is The BBC's Ethical Man. He and his family featured in a documentary showing how they tried to cut their carbon emissions over a 12 month period. Well, now he's back and has a bigger eco challenge to face - America.
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