“Raising Awareness of the Third World to the stark reality of the threats posed by greenhouse gas emissions” is the focus of this conference on 28 and 29 September at the Southern Sun in Grayston.
New models for developing countries’ contributions to the green revolution will be explored during this two-day. Policy- makers and experts to advocate stewardship of the natural world will be brought together . They will be looking at the sustainable administration of our resources through alterations in public policy or corporate and individual conduct. So too saving energy and water, cutting down on the dependence of finite fossil fuels, being materials efficient and creating sustainable livelihoods, among other areas of interest.
There are a variety of scientific theories about the origins of most environmental catastrophes that have befallen the world in recent years. Yet there is common consensus that human activity evident in practices such as deforestation, mining, unsustainable agriculture and the production of toxic compounds share the blame for the ensuing imbalance of the ecosystem, together with the large scale human health and poverty impacts.
76% of insurance claims due to climate change
As if this was not enough, insurance losses are consequently on the rise and disaster mitigation and response businesses keep expanding. Experts agree that approximately 76 % of trillions of Rands that the sector paid out around the world over the past 15 years are due to to excessive weather conditions caused by climate change, a symptom of over-consumption.
Everywhere in the media today we run into news on human-engendered eco pollution, and experts keep warning that its devastating repercussions could double in the next fifty years if preventative measures are not taken.
The third world has to contend with income levels that are a far-cry from their first world counterparts and per capita emissions that are just a sixth of developed countries. So there are exceptional challenges when addressing environmental concerns. Their pressing challenge is how to get rid of poverty rather than going green.
For instance, deforestation as a major cause of concern in such countries is particularly due to the need to clear lands for food production, as they strive to meet the growing needs of the elite.
And complaints are made about the use of fuel wood given that there is no electricity outside most major towns, but this consumption pales into insignificance when compared to deforestation for meat, bio-diesel oils, particularly palm oil, and other products being supplied to the wealthy Northern countries.
But does this mean that these third world nations that are time and again the recipients of emergency food and other relief supplies must ignore the green crusade as they strive to “catch up” with the rest of the world that led the industrial revolution and became responsible for most of the greenhouse gases discharged in the atmosphere today?
Isn’t it true that ignoring the green revolution would surely lay waste to the base of natural resources that the same countries need for sustainable futures? These analyses will be the centerpiece themes of the conference.
discussions will explore
Ø Mitigating measures of climate change and biodiversity risks.
Ø The green reality for developing countries.
Ø Reorienting the world on the cost-effectiveness of the green revolution amid the economic crisis.
Ø Conflict between bio fuels and food security- Whether to grow crops for food or for conversion to green energy sources.
Ø Financing for the development of green products and services.
International speakers include Edwin Aalders and Fenella Aouane (“The role of banks in a green economy”) from the U.K.
Other presenters include
· Simon Gear on ”Sustainable brands - Telling your green story”
· Robbie Louw on “Using carbon credits to finance Going Green”
· Jeremy Gibberd on “Sustainable Development Criteria for Built Environment Projects”
· Claire Janisch on “Biomimicry - Innovative Solutions to Sustainability Challenges”
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1 - Robbie Louw
2 - Simon Gear
3 - Fenella Aouane
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