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In support of Blog Action Day against Climate Change




Some fundamental issues remain unresolved as humans enter the next phase to fight climate change. Sorry... Did i overstate it? 'next phase'? How far have we moved since Kyoto Protocol?

Every country seem to be hoping and demanding that the other countries would cut emissions, developing countries demanding developed countries to take responsibility for the effect of climate change and cut emission massively and to help developing countries fight climate change; developed countries emphasizing to developing countries that they should not follow the model of the developed countries as it is not sustainable. The developing country is concerned about developing their economy, improving their citizens’ standard of living (I mean in some of the country, of course can’t rule out corruption and other factors).

What is the fundamental and crucial issue? Have they thought abt it? Are we going on with the buckling, continuing with the massive consumption of energy, burning fossil fuels and continuing our lifestyles and argue with each other?

This century has seen the first time that the urban population in the world being more than the rural population. It seems that there could be potentially greater demand on the eco-system by rapid urbanization. (to avoid me writing too much… I won’t elaborate in this post)

The More Crucial and Fundamental Issue
I think the most crucial issue is with the value system we placed in things- the value system of economics, development, earth's resources and our place in the whole system.
Most importantly, I believe we should reflect on the value we placed or tag on things we use. We should evolve the current economic system to reflect the true value of goods to include environmental costs. Environmental costs includes the following:
1. Cost on the environment through extraction of raw materials
2. Cost on the ecosystem that results from lost of biodiversity and natural habitat
3. Cost on the environment through transportation of the raw materials (release of greenhouse gases and other harmful gases by planes, trucks)
4. Cost on environment in the process of manufacturing the product (waste generated, energy used and release of greenhouse gases and other harmful gases by planes, trucks etc)
5. Cost on environment through publicising and packaging the product (printing uses paper; posters uses ink which comes from fossil fuel etc)
6. Cost on environment by deposing the waste after the product is used (landfill, incineration etc possibly produces harmful gas and greenhouse gases, not to forget that it takes up land which could possibly have been natural habitats)
These are just some potential implications and cost on the environment but… this is not the end of the cycle.

With the active publicity for products, more people are tempted to buy the products. What happens next? More waste! Imagine the handphones, bottles etc which got thrown away when people changed or “upgrade” their products.

What can we do?
I see potential solutions in various ways.
1. Global consensus and pressure to change lifestyle habits and most importantly the way economic system works.
2. Nation led effort to change lifestyle habits
3. From the people, change the way we view things we use in our daily lives. Think of innovative ways to give a used item a 2nd and potentially 3rd life. Buy local products to avoid having products flown from other countries (burning fossil fuel in the process).

Let’s act on it now! Fight Climate Change!

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  1. Hammy says:

    Thanks for this post. Keep up the great thought provoking questions!

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