Climate Change an issue to the commons


According to the United Nations Environmental programme (UNEP), Africa will need up to $35 Billion a year to develop the infrastructure to adopt to climate change.  The Sub-Sahara Africa will need $17 Billion of this amount until the 2050.

There are concerns all over the world about humans activities that are tampering with natural resources especially trees that are causing temperatures  to rise and land cleared for farming and irrigation are causing flooding. Not forgetting the impact of industralisation to our environment and therefore air.

China’s pollution problem as mentioned by other bloggers is a concern.  It is reported to have 16 of the worlds 20 most polluted cities.

I’m of the opinion that the policy of ‘cut 1 tree plant 2 trees’ could be away forward to sustain and preserve our natural environment.



3 Responses to “Climate Change an issue to the commons”

  1. u1059279 Says:

    Natural vegetation help the sustainability of wild life,but with the cutting down of trees and burning of bushes have driven them away especially in most part of Africa.The policy of cut one and plant two is in place but the question here is are we going to maintain it?

  2. jpriyarollins85 Says:

    This idea is, in general, a good one. However, there are many factors involved with its maintenance. One of the major ones is that there aren’t any systems in place to ensure that it is followed and the new trees are looked after. I think if a choice like this understood by the people and isn’t imposed on them, then yes, it is maintainable. If the people are educated on the issue and the critical need for more trees, then they are more likely to participate and also spread the message to others.
    A similar thing happened on the hillside where I lived in India. The hillside was quite sparse which led to a lot of landslides and complications during monsoon. Trees were also regulary cut/burned/harvested by the local gujjars (shepherds) which left the trees virtually useless. The local forestry institution in partnership with community members noticed this issue and started a campaign to grow more trees. Now, there are clever signs all the way up the hillside about planting trees and the benefits of trees, and small groups from the hillside communities regularly come together to plant trees throughout the region.
    So yes, I agree that the idea of ‘cut one, plant two’ is a positive way forward, but only if it is followed up on and the people understand why it is important.

  3. enmbangani Says:

    Climate change remains an issue for African region

    Although the strategy for making resilient climate developmental positions in the Sub-Saharan Africa, the partnership of the African regions to international organisations such as the World Bank, IMF and Aid agents have reflected a positive operational response to climate variability and change on the continent. This indicates the commitment in reviewing the grounded climatic risk concerns of the Africa Region’s Sustainable Development portfolio chronicled in the climate change dimension to the Region’s development strategy and business plan.
    While it is imperative to remember that some proposed strategies for Africa were dictated based on the premise that increased climatic variability was threatening the progressive gains of sub-Saharan African, it is important to acknowledge these predictions as they needed to be anticipated because it prompted developmental efforts required for resilient to climate change.
    On the other hand, climate change topics have always featured prominently in African developmental dialogues and populations across the continent have survived although not all, but many disasters due to adaption to high gradations of the variability climate and related risks for many decades. Needless to say, the faster changes in the climate and increasing climatic disasters incidences in the form of (floods, droughts, cyclones) during the last century have kind of prepared some Sub-Saharan countries. It is clear based on the scientific consensus, Africa remains a most vulnerable continent yet least able to cope with these changes. Therefore, any commentary embracing the need for bracing for a sharper risk focus and the need urgency in address would be justified.

    Sub-Saharan Africa is positioned almost exclusively within tropical latitudes and 2/3rds of its land is classified as fragile desert or dry land (UNEP, 2002). From the equator, its average annual rainfall declines rapidly due to the higher variability. This general picture modulates the influence of larger scale atmospheric circulation and topography such that countries like Ethiopia experience cooler and wetter climate compared to the surrounding lowlands. This main challenge affects not only African economies but affects mostly the poor.
    Although this is a tip of the iceberg, the challenges and opportunities of a changing climate need us to keep abreast of Africa accounts. For instance, watch-out for the least global greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions of 4 per cent, to the low current low levels of income and energy consumption to the activities of industrialized countries which are putting pressure on Africa to curb global greenhouse gas emissions they create.

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