COP26: Alternative energy is an equitable proposition wherein a Ghana or Tanzania can benefit equally to any G20 nation
“Were it possible to filter out the blarney from oil companies, all the news about alternative energy sources is incredibly positive for poorer countries. It’s not just a game changer but an equalizer across the globe,” says a global women’s think tank assembled to sit on a forum from seven countries to conjugate and deliberate on a range of complex issues that face global families and how women can make a difference in sustainable human development in the context of:
- cleaning up the planet and reining in climate change;
- coping with the trend away from democracy to dictatorships or competitive authoritarianism; and
- fighting COVID-19.
“What’s exciting is that these alternative energy projects are available to all nations and that is a change from the era in which oil-producing nations dwarfed others in development of sound economies,” said Geraldine Frisque, a coordinator for the global women’s think tank.
“Most energy and environment experts, when pushed, will say that the surge toward sustainable, renewable energy resource development has enormous benefits for small countries and even small local communities,” said Ms. Frisque in a Telegram video conversation with FPMag.
“We have in the forum a woman academic named Bernice Kelly,” she explained, “who has decades of experience presenting energy plans to countries from a large alternative energy provider, who says that it is just a matter of time before, ‘the people of a sunshine country in Africa become the healthiest and most prosperous on the planet,'” continued Ms. Frisque.
“And that is the type of equalization that ending reliance on fossil fuels brings about,” she added.
She says that women advisors from Africa are truly excited about the prospects, but they say mankind has been spending far too much money building nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, thousands of missiles and nuclear bombs, and that must stop. Africa is a nuclear-weapons free zone.
“That money should have been spent on developing reliable, renewable energy systems for the world,” relayed Ms. Frisque from the group.
Why does COP26 matter?
Climate change continues to impact, and climate risks are increasing around the world. COP26 must be:
- successful in official negotiations including the high level segment with Heads of State and Ministers from around the world in achieving action-oriented outcomes; and
- progressive coalitions and alliances must emerge for action on climate change and renewable energy development to implement the Paris agreement fully.
In a paper published by ScienceDirect, the authors have linked sustainable human development to developing reliable sources of renewable energy.
“Renewable energy has less environmental impact than other energy sources;
- “renewable energy resources can provide a reliable and sustainable supply of energy almost indefinitely;” and
- “renewable energy resources can provide system decentralization with local solutions independent of the national network, enhancing flexibility and providing economic benefits to small isolated populations.”
“There are more blunt ways to connect human development with fight climate change and that includes the ‘do or die’ equation.”
More than 10 million people die each year from air pollution
“The burning of fossil fuels – especially coal, petrol, and diesel – is a major source of airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and a key contributor to the global burden of mortality and disease,” says a new Science Direct study report.
“The greatest mortality impact is estimated over regions with substantial fossil fuel related PM2.5, notably China (3.9 million), India (2.5 million) and parts of eastern US, Europe and Southeast Asia. The estimate for China predates substantial decline in fossil fuel emissions and decreases to 2.4 million premature deaths due to 43.7% reduction in fossil fuel PM2.5 from 2012 to 2018 bringing the global total to 8.7 (95% CI: −1.8 to 14.0) million premature deaths. We also estimated excess annual deaths due to LRI in children (0–4 years old) of 876 in North America, 747 in South America, and 605 in Europe. This study demonstrates that the fossil fuel component of PM2.5 contributes a large mortality burden.” Citing a ScienceDirect Study.
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The feminine perspective on pollution has been made clear for many years:
Always wear an N95 mask in the polluted cities which is all cities in Pakistan, India and China and then most others.
- You protect yourself from a lot of particulate matter plus the moisture droplets from the sneezing man who just bumped you.
- You send a protest message to everyone who sees you that you are conscious of exhaust gases from factories, cars and other fossil fuel burners and that you do not wish to breathe over 12µg/m³ of toxic particulate.
- In most cities of the world, your life expectancy will be longer with healthier enjoyment by wearing a respirator. Then, girl, you can get on with the job of focussing families and communities on sustainable, alternative energy. See the report: World-air-quality-Report. ___ Sharon Santiago