By Jawad Maniani
By Jawad Maniani
Morocco World News
Casablanca, November 10, 2012
Arab youth call upon governments to take the lead in the fight against climate change
Arab youth met in more than 13 Arab countries to call for serious action against climate change. The members of the Arab Youth Climate Movement organized peaceful actions in their countries, which were coordinated with their peers throughout Arab countries.
In Morocco, activists of the Arab Youth Climate Movement held an awareness-raising day under the slogan “Stop the Climate Silence, It’s Time to Lead”. The organizers insisted on the need that the Qatari government take the lead in the international negotiations on climate change.
This event aims at urging Arab leaders, especially the Qatari government to reach effective agreements to deal with the pending environmental catastrophe during the United Nations climate change conference which will take place in Qatar from 26 November to 6 December 2012. It marks the first time that a major international climate change conference will be held in an Arab country. The conference is considered an historic opportunity both politically and public relations-wise for the Arab countries given the stereotype portraying them as nations that care little about climate change’s repercussions because of the importance of oil revenues to the region.
Ms. Fadoua Fedi, president of the Morocco Youth Climate Movement states that “climate change will have serious repercussions on the planet” adding that “unless immediate and aggressive actions are taken, the problem will persist.”
She further declares that Arab “governments should reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the world through strong policies that should be agreed upon during the conference.” If these policies are not implemented in the five years ahead, “it would then be impossible to stem the rise in the planet’s temperature,” she said.
“Arab countries, particularly in the Gulf, should change their view on climate change and protect renewable resources instead of protecting their oil and material interests, which will disappear as climate change worsens”, she added.
This event saw actions by youth groups in the following countries: Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Iraq.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti