|At the Stage, photo credit: Akhi|
He highlighted that the extreme weather is having the affect of causing food scarcity in the future. According to Brown, food scarcity will result from four reasons.
4. Lack of New Technologies: The agricultural production is shrinking overall resulting from lack of modern technology. The
UK, France and stopped growing wheat because they had no new technologies. On the other hand, some countries like Germany increased their production with the help of technologies. Japan
Brown worried about the future and argued that “what we are doing today will not take us further” and urges everyone to follow the process below in order to sustain ourselves and our environment.
a. Reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2020: Wind energy can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels such as coil, and oil. It is possible to reduce carbon emissions through wind energy because of 10 reasons
1. No trouble to anyone because wind energy scales up but does not scale down.
2. It is carbon free
3. There is no need for water
4. No fuel Bail Out
5. Less use of Oil compared to others
6. Wind farms only occupy 1% of agricultural land
7. Double cropping(the land can be used for wind energy and at the same time can be use for agricultural production)
9. It can be brought online quickly.
10. 8000 megawatt is enough for the world population
b. Eradicate Poverty
c. Protect forests, ecology and the rain forest
Jang Pil Hwa, the only female discussant on the stage, emphasized the impact of climate change on women. She highlighted the fact that women and children suffer far more than men from hunger, malnutrition and famine. Therefore, there is the need to incorporate women in environmental issues.
One of the discussion members pointed out the need for public awareness so that individual efforts can also help to reduce at least 10% of carbon emission. The awareness should be the first priority of the state and its actors; however we should not wait for others. He argues that “most of the time we try to escape from issues saying that it’s not our responsibility” which I personally think is very relevant.
During the discussion, Brown also talked about food distribution and is said that there are two types of people in the world, those who are are “too hungry” and those who are “not hungry”. Too hungry is caused by poverty whereas not hungry is caused by obesity which is a big issues in
. he said that the same number of people are overweight as underweight -the same number!!! It is crazy! For overweight I think he used the worl 'obese' – it means unhealthily overweight America
At some points, Brown drew the audience's attention about the unhealthy sustainable economic growth of
. “ China achieves rapid sustainable economic benefits at the expense of the environment. On the other hand, China leading cause of death is cancer, which will have a huge and tragic cost in the future” China