AFRICAN Climate Reality Response Zambia environmental activist Nathan Zimba says people should bear in mind that any activity against the environment will affect humanity in one way or the other.
In interview, Zimba said climate change was a serious issue that required concerted efforts in combating it.
Zimba said the government and traditional leaders had already taken a leading role in the fight against deforestation as one of the contributing factors to climate change.
“We can do something positive for the environment. We can achieve greater things and make appreciable positive difference because whatever we do to the environment, we do it for humanity. We only have one home, one planet and we still have the chance to change our destiny as it states that ‘An educated person in the midst of ignorant people is also an ignorant person unless he works to educate others’,” Zimba said.
He observed that most global warming had occurred since the onset of the industrial revolution 200 years ago.
“There is little doubt that we are standing on a breaking tip of the sixth great wave of extinction in the history of life on earth,” he said.
Zimba said the rate of deforestation in Sinda was worrisome, especially among the rural poor who were not only the agents but also victims of the practice.
He called for creation of impact hubs where communities and practioners could work together to achieve the goal by providing them with practical sustainable solutions such as solar energy, reforestation and afforestation.
“We appear to be living in an era in which the severity of the environmental problems is increasing faster than our policy responses. Since 11,000 years ago, earth’s climate has been relatively stable at about 14°c but in recent years, the average atmospheric conditions have changed as human activities are now considered the major contributors to climate change. The data also demonstrates an increase in the quantity of green house gasses in the atmosphere of up to 30 per cent, especially carbon dioxide,” he added.
He called for concerted efforts and urgent action in halting deforestation, which was the clearing of forestland that eventually leads to permanent change in the land use.
He observed that people practice deforestation by cutting down trees to open new farmland, to pave way for a road or a human settlement.
“In order to avoid the threat of catastrophic consequences in the future, we need to take a proactive approach in tackling deforestation as individuals, households, communities and the nation at large. We need to re-awaken, think, reinvent, rebalance, reclaim and recapture our lost passion for mother earth,” explained Zimba.