By Confidente Reporter
ENVIRONMENT and Tourism Minister Pohamba has expressed sadness over the withdrawal of the United States of America from the Paris Agreement, also known as the Climate Change Accord. The agreement unites all the nations of the world into a first-ever universal, legally binding global deal to tackle climate change.
It further sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change, by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. As per the agreement, developed countries such as the US are committed to scaling up financial support for climate change mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries. Even though the accord provides for any party to the agreement to withdraw at any given time, Shifeta is of the opinion that America’s withdrawal is a major blow to global efforts that are aimed at tackling climate change. This is so, he said, considering that the US is one on the biggest polluters in the world. According to Shifeta, the withdrawal has undermined the significance of the Paris Agreement and the efforts that has been made, particularly by developing countries such as Namibia, to reduce and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
“It is disappointing that the withdrawal was made on the verge of World Environmental Day (celebrated on 5 June),” Shifeta added.
“[It is on this day] when countries are expected to rededicate and recommit themselves to protecting the environment, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the environment.”
Shifeta also called on local urban and rural populations to be connected with nature, as it is essential for citizenry to be engaged and conscious of the importance of environmental protection.
“For this reason, I am pleased to note that all kinds of information and awareness raising events are taking place across the country for World Environment Day, with the full involvement and participation of a broad range of stakeholders.
“Let us all unite and take action, so that our current and future generations will be able to connect with nature and enjoy the treasures that it has to offer,” Shifeta added.
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