President Peter Mutharika yesterday said he was proud of efforts different stakeholders including the private sector, the academia, religious organisations and civil society organisations (CSOs) are taking in mitigating climate change.
He officially launched the 2016 World Environment Day, the National Climate Change Week and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
Mutharika said the private sector has taken long strides towards delivering environmental solutions to the people of Malawi which include solar energy facilities, cooking gas, briquettes, sustainable charcoal and climate smart agriculture.
“The displays we have seen outside this auditorium speak for themselves. I have noted that the academia is providing a wonderful think-tank. Our religious organisations and civil society organisations are going to every village and community to speak to every Malawian,” he said before declaring that all the stakeholders have his support and the highest political will of his government.
The three concepts have been launched against the background of continued drastic effects of climate change which have resulted into worst natural disasters in recent memory.
And according to Mutharika, this is a perfect moment for Malawi to reflect on its splendid natural heritage and its obligation to protect future generations from an endangered environment.
“Most of us remember children floating in flooding rivers with school bags strapped to their backs. We remember mothers and their children being buried by houses where they sought safety.
“We remember the sun setting on fire the maize fields that should have fed us and our children. Now, we remember that this is the time we must join the fight to make the world a better place! It is time for everyone to act! And it’s everyone’s responsibility,” he spelt out.
United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo said the high levels of climate vulnerability of Malawi and the pressure on precious environmental resources are clear for all to see.
“Farmers are struggling to produce due to erratic rains and depleted soils, the decreasing fish stock in Lake Malawi, the disappearing forest cover and women and girls walking longer and longer distances to collect firewood,” said Seppo.
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