Climate Change: A Threat To The Aspirations Of Vision 2036

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Since the dawn of the industrial revolution over two centuries ago, human development activities are said to have often been at odds with the environment and the consequences of this mismatch being evident in the climate changes witnessed today.

This was said by the Minister of Labor and Home Affairs Annah Mokgethi during the international Day for Safety and Health at Work commemoration which was held under the theme The Impacts of Climate Change on Occupational Health and Safety.

Of recent there has been an experience of drastic weather patterns characterised by drought, prolonged spells of high temperatures, heavy rains and flooding. These consequences from climate change are said to be posing a serious threat to Botswana’s commitment towards achieving Vision 2036.

“Vision 2036 embodies our commitment towards a sustainable and prosperous future. It compels us to confront the pressing challenges posed by climate change, which threatens to undermine our economic growth and development aspirations,” Mokgethi said.

Mokgethi noted that the occurrences of harsh weather conditions are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change, adding that they range from devastating windstorms to relentless droughts, scorching heat waves to torrential downpours.

She further indicated that it is understandable that the spectra of disasters could worsen with the increasing unpredictability of our climate. She further indicated that as a nation, it is imperative that all rise to action in mitigating climate change.

“The impacts are profound and far-reaching but it is not just about the damage to property and the environment, it is also about the risks posed to outdoor workers and emergency responders who brave these conditions to keep us safe,” Mokgethi said.

Mokgethi has since emphasised that time has come for Botswana to pivot towards more environmentally friendly economic activities that embrace sustainability and safeguard the planet for future generations.

To achieve this shift, Mokgethi noted that nations around the globe are embracing innovative adaptation and mitigation strategies, encompassing smart technologies, she further acknowledged Botswana’s transitioning process to renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind power, which she says reduces reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions

“Let me reaffirm the Government’s unwavering commitment to fostering economic growth while safeguarding our environment and protecting the rights of our workers. We understand the importance of balancing progress with responsibility, ensuring that our development is sustainable and inclusive,” Mokgethi said.

Mokgethi has since urged stakeholders, especially employers and workers to join hands with the government in the renewable sources of energy transition endeavor. Citing that working together towards growing the economy in a manner that is safe, healthy, and beneficial for all is imperative.

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