Thursday 22 March 2018

Letters: To go far on climate change, we have to go together

A climate change protester at a demonstration in Copenhagen. Reuters
A climate change protester at a demonstration in Copenhagen. Reuters

Joseph Curtin is right in his plea for Ireland to mobilise its knowledge, technologies and practices to alleviate the effects of climate change. However, there is an African proverb that states "if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together". Such global challenges demand us to go far and together.

The impacts of climate change on agriculture and food productivity should be studied in conjunction with global security and human health. The World Health Organisation has urged countries to install public health systems as bastions of strength and defence against climate-related health risks.

The recent perennial floods that swept large swathes of Europe, hurricanes, wild bush fires, droughts and other freak weather events have demonstrated our vulnerabilities in the face of such natural and man-made calamities and the myriad challenges and preparedness in tackling the afflictions of vector-borne diseases, malnutrition, impoverishment, pandemics and, most importantly, civil strife and global security.

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