It's the Environment, Stupid.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Message to Developing Nations: You're Screwed

Check out this article from Sunday's NY Times, "Poor Nations to Bear Brunt as World Warms".

The article focuses on how rich countries are working out ways to adapt to their changing environments, and how poor countries, which can barely address their current problems, are at a great disadvantage and as a result, will suffer disproportionately. The article also draws attention to special environmental and climate change funds intended to help lower income countries deal with climate change. However, the conclusion reached in the article is: it simply won't be enough and developing nations will be left on their own.

I agree with this sentiment. Climate change is just another in a long list of problems plaguing the world where the poor will be disproportionately affected.

The only way to make any foreign aid money go farther is to incorporate climate change adaptation measures into current efforts of reducing poverty, increasing access to clean water, improving agricultural practices, and reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria (etc.) Of course it is easier said than done but not only will the poor suffer greatly as a result of climate change, so too will the global economy, and that will affect everyone.

6 Comments:

  • You know, it's amazing how these things work out. What this reminds me of is that in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live, the amazing crystal clean breeze off the Bay keeps San Francisco itself free of smog - and blows it all the way into neighboring cities, where it's trapped. And those cities didn't even create it!

    Janis Mara
    www.ecotality.com

    By Anonymous Janis Mara, at 14:16  

  • Hi,

    Related to this, I would like to ask for your attention to the case of the IWC, the international whaling commission. This is highly corrupt and Japan is buying votes to abolish the moratorium on commercial whaling.
    One of these bought votes last year was Nicaragua's.
    We have to ask Nicaragua to stop supporting whaling.
    Please do so by joining the Greenpeace campaigne at: http://whales.greenpeace.org/campaign/6953

    Thank you!

    By Blogger Sanne11, at 14:27  

  • Sann11,

    I do wish that GP campaigners would enable their profiles.

    I advocate against the Japanese position as a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda. I live here it is my home and the likes of GP turn up i St.Kitts, clearly not aware of how the Caribbean works or why.

    So, please become transparent as you demand of governments world wide.

    BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE, please.

    Any suggestions on how to approach my government on this issue ?

    Martin

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