Climate Change in Africa

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Every season brings about new global issues to battle with. Tsunamis in Asia; swine flu battles, credit crunch in America, global economic recession and now-- climate change.  Africa is making its voice heard as hard as possible in a bid to salvage some financial pledges made by the west toward helping Africa deal with the climate problem.

The climate change conference in Copenhagen, Dennmark in 2009 was supposed to highlight the challenges of “developing nations” and their quest to redeem financial pledges to address the challenge and the need to get industrialized nations reduce their greenhouse emissions.   The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Donald Kaberuka told Reuters that he wanted to see a “willingness by rich countries to dig into their pockets to enable low-income countries to adapt to climate change.” He adds that “Climate change is costing this continent almost 3 percent of GDP (gross domestic product) per year. Now translate that into numbers, the kind of things we need: about $40 billion a year,” he told Reuters in an interview.

The leader of the African delegation to the talks-Prime minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia said the European Union will commit $ 10billion dollars per annum and would by 2020 provide $100billion to assist Africa manage climate change challenges.

The effects of climate change on the continent are evident. In Liberia, the coastline of Monrovia and its environs are under serious threat from the encroaching ocean. Schools and churches along the coast have been wiped away. Erratic rainfall patterns have affected farming in parts of the country. In Ghana, frequent power outages which are detrimental to industrial productivity can be blamed on the low availability of water from electricity dams.

What is Africa approach to this crisis? From observation- our biggest shot on this issue is the expectation of financial redemption from the west. If the west drags its feet as it is currently the case, does that mean that our hopes are doomed? God forbid. Africa is not the pity of the earth to always be on the receiving end in major global relationships. It is not wrong to ask for assistance to solve problems but when over 70% of all attempts to address our issues are expectations of financial salvation from abroad is a fundamental flaw. It is time to take our place.

Let us open up these issues for discussions among our people. Take bold steps by asking our citizens, institutions and businesses to contribute a dollar each to a noble cause. Bring together human resource expertise and initiate powerful home grown solutions to national problems. The tree planting exercise for instance is a noble one to support and make a national project.

A change of mindsets to national problems and effective leadership will bring a whole new dimension to how we address issues. How about getting those directly affected by climate change as part of the solution?

More issues would arise overtime; but when Africans see themselves as solutions rather than problem children, the answers to life greatest challenges would be unearthed. You’re an answer to a vision, not a helpless creature. Take control or be consumed. Africa has Hope Because Africa has you.

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<br /> Hi Joseph<br /> <br /> I think that is a good piece. It amazes me how our leaders always take the easy way out. and it amazes me even more how we sit around and watch them run with us at top speed in the wrong direction.<br /> However I wish to point out that hydroelectric power is currently the cheapest, safest and cleanest source of power in the world. Further the shortages in the Akosombo dam are not due to poor<br /> rainfall; they never have been and never wiil be. Our problem with the dam is due to poor MANAGEMENT. Does it make sense to you that the Akosombo dam has remained at its height of 275 feet and has<br /> not been increased to 500 or 600 feet in the years, sorry the decades it has been around.<br /> Having said that I am really pleased that young men like yourself want to take charge of your destiny.<br /> <br /> Kind regards,<br /> Kofi Baidoo<br /> <br /> <br />
<br /> hi my name is Maame Yaa a first yr masters student of Environmental Science @ the KNUST. I saw your article on my joyonline and i couldn't help but to drop you a couple of lines.<br /> First, i would like to say that your article was impressive even though you wrote like an economist not an environmentalist. I sometimes wonder if people in our dear country really know what is<br /> happening in terms of climate change and its effect... My question is do they really care that Osu castle could be wiped away?? That we could lose the whole Volta region to the sea?? How many<br /> people in Accra even have access to such information. I would have suggested education but the problem is the people are too caught up in their quest to make ends meet than to conserve a forest or<br /> stop hunting certain animals which is their source of income. A dollar day would help but how many people have it to give..... Awareness must be raised but it should be a win win situation for the<br /> people. NGOs must change their approach so should the government. I suggest it should be a way that the people in that particular environment should benefit financially from it since that is the<br /> only language they understand. Eco industries should be seriously looked at and so should Eco2 cities. Am not just quoting from my text books but am talking from the heart since i believe that if<br /> we don't go down to the grassroots we would be wasting our time. this is because there is a big communication gap between those who know and and the general public and the earlier we breech it the<br /> better for Ghana<br /> Thank you<br /> <br /> <br />