Let’s act now against climate change!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The erratic rains in The Gambia and parts of West Africa are a clear reminder that climate change is indeed real. With almost months into the start of green season in The Gambia, farmers in the country are flabbergasted with the low drop of rains.

This has left many in difficult situation and wondering what to do next. It is a clear fact that Agriculture is the main source of income generation for many local dwellers in the country. With this unpredictable situation, what impact would it have on poor farmers who rely solely on farming?  

Upland ecosystems have degraded largely due to erratic rainfall, overgrazing, soil erosion and intensive cultivation, the result of intense pressure on land resources, high population growth and recurrent droughts.

What is worrying is that more than 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human activities are the major cause of this undesirable situation.

They warned that unless human beings significantly reduce carbon emissions, sea levels will rise, and weather patterns will shift violently. Human-caused pollution has left our planet on the verge of a tipping point at which ecosystems will die and release massive amounts of CO2. If that happens, the changes to the climate could be irreversible, countless species will become extinct, and our economic and cultural way of life will be forever altered.

It is high time we take action to safe our planet. And we can reduce emissions by more than 85%, by mid of the century and prevent climate catastrophe before it is too late.

There is need for communities to start afforestation on a large scale to replenish our fast degrading forest cover. Planting more trees is the only way to safe our planet from this climate unpredictability and in so doing safeguard our remaining flora species.

No one should be left out in this crusade as we are affected directly or indirectly. Let’s act now before it is too late.

“Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.”

John Delaney