A climate change initiative, which is to be launched by countries of the world, can only be launched after a discussion with other stakeholders. These include other governments, business sectors, civil society, families and individuals. The main contributors to any such initiative are the developed nations which have most influence over climate change and issues on global warming. Initiatives aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been discussed and agreed upon in many conferences and gatherings, including the Kyoto Protocol and the Carbon Protocol.
A broad range of groups have been helping communities adapt to the global warming and environmental changes occurring since the turn of the millennium. Adaptation refers to the gradual replacement of one source of energy by another in order to maintain the same level of energy use as before. For example, while deforestation may be causing global warming, agricultural adaptation can be done by farmers who can rotate crops and use other means of growing produce. Similarly, changes in building can be made to accommodate construction and other forms of sustainable development.
Although most people’s concern in the matter of global climate change is about what will happen to the environment and its ecosystems, there is also an opportunity for the developing countries to contribute towards the solution by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change or theIPCC reports that monitor and provide information on progress made in tracking the progress of the global climate change initiative. In developing countries, the role of organizations that work on climate change adaptation, like the Global Environment Facility or the Green Economy, can be useful. For instance, the Green Trade can help developing countries to develop clean energy and other technologies.
One thing that we must remember is that while the developed countries are doing their part in fighting climate change, developing countries have not yet started. The developed world has already taken a lead on emission trading, for example, but the developing world needs to catch up quickly. If they do not do so, the benefits of global warming will be significantly mitigated. It is time for the developing countries to get on board. It is time for governments to set aside some of the funds that they are receiving to start engaging in climate change initiatives that involve them in a variety of activities.
One of the things that they can do is join a global effort on climate change adaptation. By doing this, the developing countries will be able to use the funds that they are receiving for climate change adaptation projects. This would mean a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that is a positive step forward. There are multilateral institutions like the World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Program, World Wildlife Fund, and others that provide assistance in climate change adaptation. By joining such organizations, developing countries can ensure that they are getting the support they need to implement their own plans.
There is also a good chance that the governments of these developing countries will be looking for ways to increase their capabilities in the area of clean energy. As a result, the multilateral institutions may provide financial and other types of technical assistance in the area of clean energy. These organizations should work closely with the developed countries to increase their efforts in the clean energy arena. These are just a few of the ways that the developed world and the developing world can work together to solve the climate change initiative.