Take Care Of Earth, Then Earth Takes Care Of You


With the Global Community assembled in Glasgow, Scotland at the Conference of Partners 26 (COP26) to deliberate on the most important problem in the Global Community, it is most important to focus on how to solve this problem. What is this Global Problem? This Global Problem is the Climate Change Problem that has become the main threat to the survival of all Creatures. This Problem is the Problem posed by gas emissions. Gas, unlike other pollutants, spreads globally when it is used locally. Therefore, gas emissions constitute the Global Problem presented here.

The Liberian expression, When Common Sense Disappears, Then Things Go Chakla, is most relevant here. The Common Sense of the matter is that when we take care of the Earth, then the Earth takes care of us. When we do not take care of the Earth, then the Earth is in no position to take care of us. Take a look at what we, Human Beings, are doing to the Earth. Bear in mind that 70 per cent of the Earth is water and 30 per cent is land (USA Geological Institute).

Through climate change, due to gas emissions, it becomes more difficut for human beings and other creatures to breathe. Gas emissions from the pollutan carbon dioxide CO2 kill people and animals.  Due to fishing, logging and industrial production since the start of the twentieth century, global average temperature has increased by 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and increasing by 0.2 degrees Celsius (0.36 degrees Fahrenheit) annually. Out of the total global population of 7.6 billion, some 100 million metric tons of plastic waste from the 2.5 billion metric tons of solid waste are generated globally and 8 million metric tons of plastic waste are poured into the oceans annually to end up with what is now called Plastic Pollution.

In the face of the life threatening danger to fish, States loose USD25 billion globally every year from the illegal and unprotected fishing. Only 2 per cent of fishing is protected when there is a need to protect at least 30 per cent of fishing. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is encouraging its members to promote a healthy future for fishing but the members continue to subsidize illegal and unprotected fishing, now at the tune of USD35 billion a year.

The Climate Change Summit of 2015, known as the Conference of Partners 21 (COP21), agreed that the Global Community should work collaboratively to reduce global temperature from 2 degrees Celsius (4 degrees Fahrenheit) to 1.5 degrees Celsius (3 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2030 and to zero degree Celsius by 2050. Now, COP26 is being held in Glasgow, Scotland over the period October 31 to November 12, 2021 to engage in negotiations for the fast implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Partners have also agreed to contribute USD100 billion annually to a Climate Change Fund to help developing countries solve climate change problems until 2025. However, the reality is that Partners tend to talk but not walk their talk. For example, some Developing Partners are calling upon Developed Partners to give more benefits from the Climate Change Fund to them when they are promoting the production of raw materials, especially logs, mainly for export. Developing Partners, disguised under the umbrella of democracy are selling logs to the Developed Partners, under the same umbrella, while the Developing Partners are buying the products made from logs. Such actions are at once hypocratical and psychophantical. All of this production and consumption of log products promote gas emissions when it is globally known that the protection of forests provides the best option for attaining the 1.5 degrees Celsius (3 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature mark set in the Paris Agreement. 

This reality means that the walk the talk situation takes place only when People in the Global Community work together to take ownership of the anti-gas emission process with the view to eliminating the life threatening posture of climate change. Threfore, this Commentary is written to help spread scientific knowledge to community people in ways that motivate them to take non-violent actions to eliminate gas emissions. Through the elimination of gas emissions, we take care of the earth and the earth would be in the position to take care of us all.