IT is indeed encouraging to see Lesotho making conceited efforts towards addressing issues of climate change, which is lately becoming a major problem not only on the African continent but across the globe.
Sept. 29, 2022
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Lesotho’s conceited efforts to combat climate change are likely to pay off
Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro
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A shift in temperatures and rainfall patterns that we only saw in other parts of the world can now be witnessed within our shores.
And most of the time, while these shifts might be natural, human activities have been the main driver of climate change.
If not well addressed, Lesotho stands to struggle a great to deal with the issue in the not so distant future.
A few days ago, our very own Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro was in New York, USA, calling on the international community and development partners to simplify the accessibility of funds earmarked for climate change in his address during the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations.
While he appreciates that there are resources aimed at helping developing countries to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, he is however, concerned that the funds in question are hard to come by, so to speak.
The global climate-finance architecture is complex, with variable structures of governance and modalities.
Some finances the premier said, are channeled through multilateral agencies, sometimes even outside the funding mechanisms of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and some laws through bilateral development assistance institutions, thereby making coordination difficult.
This is a good sign that the country is making efforts already to try and deal with climate change challenges that could otherwise be detrimental to the Mountain Kingdom going forward.
However, with Lesotho being one of the poorest countries in Africa and still looking to grow its economy, it shall be interesting to see how the country leaders navigate between attracting investments while at the same time considering issues of climate change.
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This is thought-provoking because the country is likely to attract investments in areas that could further aggravate its vulnerability to negative effects of climate change.
So the question is, whether or not such lucrative investments could be left alone?
We are already seeing the effects intense heat waves have from human-made greenhouse gasses, all of which are major contributors to the world economies.
Such deals could also contribute significantly to our own economy though highly dangerous in nature.
So that means people who are entrusted to take this country forward economically and otherwise should think twice before approving some money-spinning deals that could, however, pose serious threats to our country.