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100 Solutions to Climate Change

December 03 2018 - by Dr. David Lee, CLP's Environmental Specialist

At the CAPAM 2018 Biennial Conference recently held in Georgetown Guyana, a UNDP representative indicated that a current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) study shows that if all the countries in the world held to their declared Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the reduction of greenhouse gases the World would still warm to 3.2 ⁰C above pre-industrial levels.  This includes the NCDs of the United States of America which everyone knows has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement. 

This context is important as the Caribbean heads to the Katowice, Poland for the Conference of Parties Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December 2018.  It means that there will need to be at least a doubling of the NDC for every country’s commitment for the Caribbean Region and its Allies to be successful in achieving the 1.5 ⁰C campaign.  This is a very daunting task and we will know the outcome in a matter of weeks.

It’s against this background that I came across a thought-provoking Ted Talk by Chad Frischman of Project Drawdown.  

He indicates in his presentation that Project Drawdown is advocating 100 ways to combat climate change.  He says that 80 of which are already implementable and cost effective.  However, it is his discussion of the top 20 on the list that caught my attention.  The top 20 solutions can be placed in four categories:

  1. Refrigeration
  2. Energy
  3. Land Management
  4. Food

I urge you to spend a little time (17 minutes) to view the TED Talk and then ask yourselves the following questions.

Do these solutions make sense for my country?

What leadership is needed to create public sector policies that would result in the implementation of the top 20 solutions?

What leadership must I show that could influence and create these possibilities?

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Grateful for these ideas will be useful to impart in our surroundings until it gradually become a practice.

Very informative


David - Reply

Thanks for your comment Jacqueline.  It is good that we are spurred to individual action.  However, for meaningful change across the spectrum of society governments should enact policy that incentivises or discourage behaviours so that individuals change in behaviour  results in adaptation to climate change for all communities.

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