3 August 2012

Liberia: FOE-L Wants GOL Fight Climate Change - Urges Industrialized Countries to Fund Process

An organization under the banner, Friends of the Earth-Liberia, Incorporated, FOE-L is calling on the Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency to design policies/legislation in an effort to fight global warming/climate change.

The organization also urging industrialized countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and to give substantial funding for developing countries to build a sustainable energy capacity and to adapt to the inevitable consequences of global warming.

According FOE-L press released, irresponsible human activity continues to bring harm to the natural world, more than ever. The release says human society is beginning to see and feel the effects of global warming and climate change.

Today's climate change is affecting all sector of the world the release contends that these changes are happening at different rates and in different ways.

"Climate change is already affecting our lives and the places we live, and has the potential to dramatically impact the lives of future generations," the release averred.

The release also indicated that Liberia which has plagued with civil conflicts, poverty and widespread abuse of the environment and unsustainable exploitation of natural resources (livelihood means) in particular. This, the release said is manifested in the rapid rates of deforestation, environmental degradation and rapid erosion of genetic resources and biodiversity.

The release also enshrined that Liberia needs effective and meaningful leadership from governmental line ministries and other authorities in addressing environmental issues.

Global warming and climate change according to report are new phenomenon in Liberia and many people are not aware about the effect of climate change. The report stressed that average global temperature has increased by 0.74°C, and Humans are further changing the climate by their actions, especially through emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2) which artificially warms the earth's atmosphere. The burning of fossil fuels is largely to blame.

Research revealed that climate change will increasingly cause storms, droughts, floods and fires and have a severe impact on food production, water availability and ecosystems such as forests and wetlands. A major concern is how rapid climate change will magnify existing environmental stresses and contribute to food insecurity, conflict over resources, and loss of livelihood for millions of people. By: Kevin S. Tydehson, Cell No. 231-0886565730 - Email:

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