Monday, 15 December 2014

Climate change & the environment: Zimbabwe's preparedness #COP20

The onset of the rainy season delayed this year causing inconveniences
to farmers (peasant & 'commercial') who make up 65% of Zimbabwe's
population. The most likely consequence is lower crop yields and food
shortages.

The current problem isn't new. Climate change has been a subject for
several years and the last conference on climate change #COP20 was
recently held in Lima.

Zimbabwe has had a fair share of climate related problems in recent
years and although climate issues are more important than the Zanu PF
succession circus, they have received very little attention.

1. How prepared is Zimbabwe for the unexpected results of climate
change e.g. Droughts, floods, storms, unpredictable rainfall patterns?

2. The continued deforestation and littering coupled with gas
emissions. What action is government taking at policy level?

3. With deforestation comes desertification which leaves the populace
with less land for food production meaning less disposable incomes.
How is government encouraging people to diversify and become less
dependant on rain-fed agriculture?

4. Even when we have the Environment Management Agency, EMA, we still have
people building houses in wetlands and invading forests and
conservancies. Why is government so relaxed at implementation level?

5. Government might have failed but how much are we doing as
individuals and communities to reverse deforestation and manage our
waste? How many of us even bothered to plant a tree this year
notwithstanding the fact that we use firewood almost on a daily basis
due to power outages.

We are aware that by commission or omission, we have contributed
towards climate change.
We are aware that as an agro-based third world economy already
grappling with political uncertainty, we will suffer the most from the
effects of climate.
The question is how much effort are we putting to reverse this or have
we already given up like the losers that we are?

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