Worried by lack of legislation to effects of global warming, a 16-year-old lad of Gabane has founded the Global Warming Alleviation Society as a means of awakening Botswana from its slumber and making it join the international effort to combat the threat to human survival.
Oteng Moremi says despite a formal treaty pledging to limit warming and 20 years of negotiations aimed at putting the treaty into effect, Botswana has shown little appetite for the kind of controls required to accomplish that goal."We don't have any form of legislation on global warming in Botswana at the moment," he points out. "This on its own shows lack of seriousness on the part of our country to fight this monster." He is a Form Five student at Gaborone International School and driven by an urge to create a better world for his generation and posterity.
Moremi emphasises that Botswana is not an exception to the effects of global warming and points to the country's 19 percent decline in cereal production in 2011. Thus the country can no longer afford to relax because the effects of global warming have begun to take their toll on Botswana.The aspiring environmentalist advocates adoption of appropriate policies and practices to overcome economic, environmental and social problems caused by global warming.
He notes that experts have warned that global warming threatens to undermine hard-won human development gains, adding that the longer the world waits to act, the more costly the damages and solutions will become.UNDP recognises this and notes that the world's 2.6 billion poorest people will be the hardest hit by the effects of global warming whose impact could reverse decades of human development gains unless pre-emptive action is taken."Without more coordinated global action, it will be increasingly hard to reduce poverty in all its dimensions," Moremi says and is appealing to all stakeholders to help him create awareness on global warming. His first project is frustrated by lack of land as it involves establishing a conservation park. "I have been talking to the government regarding the issue of land for such a park and I have already secured an appointment with President Ian Khama to discuss the project," he reveals.