By Lieutenant General (RTD) Denga Ndaitwah
Continuing from last week …
THE worse-case scenario is that, the current ongoing drought did not only affect Namibia. It has equally badly affected SADC region and beyond. Some SADC Member States that have been affected by the drought are traditionally known as the bread baskets of the region from where other Member States do survive on. The (wide) spread of the ongoing drought in the region is caused by El Nino. But we may as well harbour the fear that, at some other time, the region may face a sporadic drought and/or flood caused by El Nino and La Nina. The question is, are there mitigations and remedies in the near distant future to control, curb and contain the scourge?
If there are no mitigations and remedies, in the near distant future, and should the drought continue for the next how many years to come, particularly, in Namibia, it is obvious that the economic and social developments will suffer the most as both economic input and output will be reduced drastically. As it stands now, there are no mitigations and remedies to climate change and global warming in the world other than investing in renewable energies. Hydroelectricity, tidal, solar, wind powers have proven to be among mitigations to help control, curb, contain and reduce emissions. I am mindful of the possible costs involved in investing into the renewable energies. But the world is now at crossroads to decide between life and death. The moment is now to strike a balance between living with continued emissions or in clean environment in the future. It is surmised that the amount of emissions in the atmosphere is so high that it will take efforts and time to reduce. But waiting for yet another years will not reduce the emission, rather, aggravates the situation as the emission shall become insurmountable. It is therefore, imperative that, if the world is to make effective impact and reduce the emissions, it is ideal that the process of reducing emission could have commenced yesterday as opposed to starting tomorrow. In this vein, Namibia has no exception but to toe the line of introducing effective measures to addressing climate change and global warming for our future environment and generations.
Lt Gen (rtd) ED Ndaitwah was a former Chief of the Defence Force. He is a part time lecturer at UNAM, Head of Department and senior lecturer at IUM
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