Friday, June 4, 2010

CLIMATE CHANGE:HELP COMBAT IT NOW.

CLIMATE CHANGE:HELP COMBAT IT NOW.

“We all moan and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the destruction of our ecology, and yet each one of us in our own little comfortable ways, contributes daily to that destruction. It is time now to awaken in each one of us the respect and attention our Mother desires” Ed. Asner, actor, environmental supporter.

For many years skeptics call climate change a myth. But today, science has proved them all wrong. But this fact remains. Whether we face East or West, North or south, we face the same crisis - climate change. Whether we are black, white or yellow, we face the same challenge – climate change. Whether we are from Africa, America, Europe, Asia, Australia or the tens of thousands of small islands states around the world (globe) we face the same threat - climate change. We are all at risk. The multi-million dollar question is who speaks for Mother Earth? Nobody! But this is the only home that we have as human and other living beings.

Today more than ever before, the planet is in a great danger of being destroyed and its eventual extinction is not far from us. Scientific data abound to that effect. Everything points to the fact that a global catastrophe is at hand if we do not take drastic action now and start doing something. The challenge is now or never.

THE CHALLENGE
The greatest challenge facing the world today is that of climate change. It is one of the major international, environmental, economic, social and political challenges of our time. It is a defining challenge that ought to be faced squarely with definite plans and bold decisions.

No other issue is more fundamental to the global challenges we face today such as the credit crunch, reducing poverty, achieving and maintaining economic growth, ensuring world peace and stability, ending conflicts and wars, curbing HIV/AIDS pandemic etc. the evidences of climate change are here and present with us - rise in sea level, high diurnal and nocturnal temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns, melting of glaciers and ice sheets, deforestation and desert advancement, low agricultural productivity, coastal floods, ocean acidity, acid rain, change and loss in animal and insect species, prevalence of malaria and dengue, yellow fever etc.

It is already an established that the first decade of the 21st century is going to be the hottest decade in recorded history. This is no good news at all. Projections and other forecasts point to the fact that the coming decades may be worse if nothing is done to avert the harrowing situations of the day. All this points to the fact that the very survival of man is at a great risk unless something is done and done speedy.

To us living today, all these happening present to us great opportunities to change the course of history and charter a new course for posterity. The momentum is here and now.

THE RESPONSE/SOLUTION
Does it mean that there is no solution in sight? No. we can and we are well able to do something at the international, regional, national, local/community as well as the individual levels.

Various plans have been drawn by world leaders, environmental experts and scientists, business communities, civil societies groups, religious groups and young people alike are doing everything possible about climate change and its consequences. The momentum is gathering.

Since the Earth summit in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Kyoto Protocol in 1997 at Kyoto, Japan, to Bali Roadmap in 2007 in Indonesia and finally the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009 in Denmark, various plans as to how to tackle climate and mitigate its disastrous consequences have been put forward.

It is imperative that as part of a global action against climate change, something be done locally to help reverse the effects of climate. This has necessitated the establishment of a local NGO called LOCAL ACTION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE (LAACC).

THE ORGANIZATION
LAACC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. It is an environmental NGO dedicated in creating awareness about global warming and climate change and their attendant impacts on human, animal, aquatic and vegetative lives. We shall seek to advocate for and place high premium on both a healthy environment and “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission)

OUR VISION
We seek to be one of the leading voices in awareness creation about environmental issues and their attendant impacts and how we can mitigate and adapt to them.

OUR MISSION
We shall work to:
- Promote government, community and individual actions to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.
- Protect the atmosphere, i.e. the environment, while allowing for sustainable and equitable development nationally.
- Promote practical ways to protect the Earth (environment) and improve people’s lives.

AREAS OF WORK AND ACTIVITIES
Our areas of work and activities shall include but not limited to the following:
- Awareness creation through public flora and workshops.
- Green environment through tree-planting exercise
- Clean environment through proper waste management and disposal.
- Sustainable and ecologically friendly farming practices
- Encourage and promote the use of environmentally friendly appliances such as CFC-free fridges and air-conditioners etc.


N.B: THE WRITER OF THE POST IS AN ARDENT PROPONENT OF MODERN SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE.HE INTENDS ESTABLISHING AN NGO TO HELP VULNERABLE COOMUNITIES COME TO TERMS WITH THE GLOBAL ISSUES.YOU CAN HELP HOM WITH IDEAS ON HOW TO MAKE THE NGO WORK.GOD BLESS YOU.

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