A Doom’s Day bul­letin

If truth may be told — and it must be known with­out pulling any punches — that if by its ir­re­spon­si­ble con­duct hu­mankind con­tin­ues in a dare­devil way to spew car­bon gases into the at­mos­phere, it might just be a mat­ter of time be­fore our earth is sent into

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Cartoon, Q & A, Opinion - Stephen Mpofu Cor­re­spon­dent

IT HITS the ears of at­ten­tive lis­ten­ers with a fright­en­ing tu­mult: Is­lands and some is­land states WILL, NOT might, be wiped out or sub­merged un­der ris­ing seas of heated wa­ter.

Calami­tous weather con­di­tions al­ready grip­ping the Mediter­ranean re­gion and Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, in­clud­ing our own re­gion, will ag­gra­vate, send­ing hu­mans, an­i­mals and other crea­tures to the pe­riph­ery of ex­tinc­tion.

A doom’s day bul­letin by mis­chief-mak­ers? A big NO. This is an authen­tic global weather bul­letin by sci­en­tists who al­ways have the tem­per­a­ture of the globe at their fin­ger­tips.

To be sure, the weather spe­cial­ists have al­ready said that Zim­babwe and no doubt other ar­eas in this re­gion, will ex­pe­ri­ence low rain­fall with prospects of crop fail­ure and hunger al­ready haunt­ing the minds of agri­cul­tural ex­perts.

If truth may be told — and it must be known with­out pulling any punches — that if by its ir­re­spon­si­ble con­duct hu­mankind con­tin­ues in a dare­devil way to spew car­bon gases into the at­mos­phere, it might just be a mat­ter of time be­fore our earth is sent into rigor mor­tis along with all of its in­hab­i­tants, as global warm­ing takes its fi­nal toll on God’s creation, peo­ple, an­i­mals and other liv­ing or­gan­isms.

As late as this week sci­en­tists warned on in­ter­na­tional ra­dio that the globe is heat­ing up and that if it rises to 2 de­grees centi­grade from the present level of just above 1 de­gree centi­grade, lives will be­come un­sus­tain­able with draughts and floods tak­ing their toll.

Just three years ago in 2015, the then Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the United Na­tions, Ban Ki-Moon, ap­plauded moves by the United States Pres­i­dent Bar­rack Obama to cut car­bon emis­sions from coal plants.

These and sim­i­lar ob­nox­ious emis­sions from other sources are re­spon­si­ble for global warm­ing with its neg­a­tive cas­cades — cli­mate change; floods; droughts that wipe out food crops and pas­tures for live­stock and wildlife for coun­tries in­clud­ing Zim­babwe that have de­fi­cient mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures; all these mak­ing life bleak for peo­ple and the fu­ture very opaque.

But no sooner was Obama ousted from power in 2016 than his suc­ces­sor, Don­ald Trump, took Amer­ica out of the Paris Agree­ment to fight global warm­ing to make the world safer from that cat­a­strophic phe­nom­e­non.

One weather sci­en­tist be­moaned this week the with­drawal of the United States from the Paris Agree­ment, say­ing that the move made it dif­fi­cult for other coun­tries to forge ahead ef­fec­tively in com­bat­ing global warm­ing and its dan­ger­ous ef­fects.

In the on­go­ing US trade war with China, Pres­i­dent Trump has re­cently said a trade agree­ment with neigh­bour­ing Mex­ico but par­tic­u­larly with Canada, would make North Amer­ica a king­pin in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try for a long time.

For a long time Amer­i­can fac­tory chim­neys have been known to spew poi­sonous gases into the at­mos­phere with­out any move to mod­ify those chim­neys, so that with no lid be­ing placed on coal emis­sions, hu­man­ity as a whole con­tin­ues to hur­tle to­wards self-an­ni­hi­la­tion, what with other dan­ger­ous car­bon emis­sions by other de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries else­where on planet earth.

Clearly dis­traught, the sci­en­tists be­moan­ing global warm­ing and its ef­fects spoke against the use of fos­sil en­ergy and urged the peo­ple around the globe to re­sort more to so­lar and elec­tri­cal power in do­ing busi­ness as a way of safe­guard­ing the globe from cer­tain man-made de­struc­tion.

What all this also sug­gests is that Zim­bab­weans should con­trib­ute to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion by re­frain­ing from light­ing veld fires that de­stroy veg­e­ta­tion, spilling car­bon gases into the at­mos­phere.

In ad­di­tion, wan­ton acts of de­for­esta­tion should be pre­vented by all means pos­si­ble since trees play an im­por­tant role as car­bon diox­ide sinks, thereby safe­guard­ing the at­mos­phere.

Above all, coun­tries should unite un­der the United Na­tions in pur­suit of any con­sen­sus reached, such as the fight against global warm­ing, in­stead of so-called Big Broth­ers flex­ing their big power po­lit­i­cal clout and thereby ex­pos­ing the rest of the global vil­lage to its demise.

A man walks on ground which cracked ow­ing to ex­treme weather con­di­tions

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