Climate Change is caused by emissions such as Carbon dioxide that are released from combustions processes in factories and cars that trap heat escaping from the earth. The emissions form a blanket around the earth causing warming of the earth and such gases are referred to as Green House Gases (GHG).
?We want to ensure that investments in development do not cause further release of gases that pollute the environment,? said Isaac Kabongo, the executive director of the Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO).
Kabongo pointed out that investment for many people means economic growth regardless of its negative impacts on the environment. This, according to Kabongo should not be the case and that the World should embrace the Green Economy, which addresses economic prosperity, environmental sustainable and social inclusiveness.
?Make all the development finance climate proof so that it does lead to more production of GHGs,? he said, adding that this would contribute to poverty alleviation and reduction of inequalities.
Globally, countries are working an agenda that could reduce dependence of economies on fossil fuels (de-carbonising economies) by 2050.
He was speaking ahead of a meeting expected to take place in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, July 13th-16th under the 3rd international conference on financing for development under the UN framework.
World Governments particularly representatives from ministries of finance are expected to attend. Civil Society Organisations including CAN-U are planning to be there and engage the Government as they chart the development agenda under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change.
SDGs are expected to replace the 15 year old-Millennium Development Goals later this year and the global deal on Climate Change will be discussed at the Conference of Parties in Paris in December. In recent years, countries have been negotiating over the SDGs and the Climate Change deal.
In a statement sent to New Vision, Kabongo who is also the chairperson of Climate Action Network Uganda, the industrilised countries need go beyond accepting the damage they have caused to the earth.
?The developed countries have accepted their responsibility on Climate Change gases, they have a duty in Addis Ababa to make all development finance also climate secure.?
CAN-U is part of a global network formed to spearhead engagement of civil society and the private sector in Climate Change related debates.
Gerald Tenywa, The New Times