AREMD-Cameroon

REMEMBERING CORNWALL, THE G7 2021 AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is part of the big discussions; however, we can only be happy when policies to reduce greenhouse gasses have been put into action.  Enough times, there is just a lot of ‘Talk’ with no matched effort to stick to the agreements or act them out.

The same morning that the leaders are set to talk about climate change there is breaking news on Monsoon weather coming too soon to India, coupled with heavy rains that are threatening to flood most parts of the country, which might displace thousands of people.

It does not end there; World Food Program fears a hunger pandemic in Ethiopia caused by a decade long persistent droughts, poor yields and civil unrest.  Interesting enough, Ethiopian leadership insists, there is no such thing, and they have everything under control. Yet truckloads of food belonging to World Food Programme are seen distributing food in remote areas of Ethiopia to an estimated 350 000 who are at risk.

People are so hungry; they are all gathered, crammed together, without giving a thought to COVID -19 safety precautions.  To them hunger is a bigger pandemic than COVID. As always in cases of hunger and famine, children are always first to succumb evidenced by a 14 year old young boy who has been hospitalized due to malnutrition. It was heartbreaking to watch his uncle laments how the hunger has turned his strong_as_a_Lion nephew into a weakling and fear he might not come out alive.

Am just pondering, if Joe Biden’s first G7 summit as US President and the first in-person G7 summit since the COVID pandemic can shift the Climate Change goal post, especially for billions of people in developing nations who are the most affected by climate change.  Hunger, floods, cyclones, droughts, deforestation, increase in malaria cases, increase in incidences of destructive pests and diseases have become an everyday occurrence.  I have always shared this, past climate change discussions have always ‘pep talk’ because they are never echoed with the right urgency, volume and financing.

Take action:

  • G7 and G20 must finance climate change mitigation actions especially for developing countries who are the least contributors to climate change yet remain the most affected.
  • Countries need to meet their Nationally Determined Commitments to reduce greenhouse gases
  • Plant a tree today
  • We need to shift to cleaner energy such as solar and biogas
  • Reduce use of fossil fuels
  • Rain Water harvesting must be a lifestyle.
  • Reuse, recycle and reduce waste.

Climate change is more real, it’s more pandemic than COVID_19 because we can’t vaccine it away.