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Why Climate Change Issues Matter

Several incidents of floods have been reported across the globe this year alone running through the United States of America, Europe, Asia and Africa and so on. The harsh reality of such unpredictable weather changes and the consequences to human life and development continue to preoccupy almost everyone in the world. Although the quest for capitalist interests made the current President of the United States of America to announced his country’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement endorsed by World Leaders including the former US President as a blueprint to salvage mankind from natural disasters, other nations have expressed unrelenting resolve to push ahead with the environmental protection crusade.    From 6-17 November, 2017, therefore nations of the world are meeting in the German city, Bonn for the 23rd annual “Conference of the Parties” (COP23) under the framework Convention of the Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aims to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system,” otherwise known as global warming. Irreversible threats posed by extreme weather conditions like too much heat waves and floods to human being and the natural environment are such that any level of indifference could be suicidal. Yet, the application of what many qualified as the landmark decisions of the Paris agreement at COP21 in December 2015 has not be obvious. National actions are not seen as sufficiently tough to meet the objectives of maintain global temperature rise to well below 2C, and 1.5C if possible. The need to go beyond the lofty speeches made in France and subsequently, Morocco, the United Nations General Assembly last September among other world gathering is urgent.    Participants at the ongoing Bonn meeting therefore hope to put in place the modalities to move from the principles set in Paris to operational models on the grounds where the populations of the world would be able to witness a palpable impact in their daily lives. Unfortunate climatic hazards like the floods witnessed this year in India and Nigeria, the hurricanes in the Caribbean as well as wildfires in Europe and the United States might never be total eradicated, but mitigating circumstances thanks to conscious effort to change environmental excesses could play a positive role. Thus, the global emission of greenhouse gases needs to begin dropping immediately.  Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama who is the President of the German conference will be taking the opportunity to drum up support his country’s worries at those of similar nations. As a Small Island country being threatened by rising sea-levels, Fiji in 2016 suffered severely from the Cyclone Winston. It is not only be a question of cutting emission, but also the concern to adopt to future risks and even ask for compensation to affected peoples have to be made clear to all parties. This equally means pledges made by the wealthy nations to support small ones cope with the dangerous effects of climate change so as to better protect human habitude must be taken seriously as well.  

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