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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on May 20th, 2010
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

from: Thomas Ochueng <ochiengt@yahoo.com>
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date Thu, May 20, 2010 at 2:15 AM
subject Opinion on post Copenhagen

POST COPENHAGEN
The central message that emerged from the Copenhagen conference on climate change last year was that addressing climate change will not be met by ad hoc actions. The action on climate change will require stronger efforts by the advanced nations to cut their emissions drastically.However, even if the developed countries start to match their actions with deeds the desired goals will only be met if the developing countries become active partners towards this ends. This will include switching to low emissions high growth pathways in order to meet the goal of development and growth in a sustainable climatic condition. This is
both a necessity and feasible.

It is imperative to note that, combating the global warming will not be achieved without the eventual reduction of emissions from developing countries, which will lead to adjustments that will require sustained commitments and solidarity mustered during wars times and calamities. Indeed for the developing countries to adopt less emission strategies for their development, a new thinking has to be employed that is capable of raising investments levels and channeling resources towards lowering the carbon contents of the overall economic activities. Taking note that most of the developing nations lack the technological and financial capacities to shift gear at the speed consummate with the enormity of the challenge the issue of climate change poses, hence the developed world must appreciate that in line with common but differentiated responsibilities the means and ways will mostly differ looking at both historical, financial and technical factors.

In conclusion, it is important to note that in this endeavor
of tackling climate change, there should be an atmosphere of mutual
understanding and trust, which will ensure fair and inclusive responses to this
great challenge. Both the developed and developing countries need to develop an
integrated work plan approach that encompasses climate adaptation, energy
access and poverty reduction, thus starting to view the agenda of climate
change as an economic and development issue.

Thomas Ochieng, is a freelance writer.
ochiengt@yahoo.com

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