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‘Tech key in addressing climate change effects’

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President Lazarus Chakwera has said technology and innovation remain sure ways of dealing with increasing threats emanating from climate change.

Chakwera was speaking yesterday during the closing of the fifth Conference of the Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community (G-STIC) in Dubai.

He said technology and innovation were desperately needed in addressing possible effects of climate change.

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“If there is an issue in which justice is being obstructed by the most developed and powerful nations, it is this one. If there is an issue in which G-STIC needs to assert itself as a leading voice for advancing new methods and technologies for achieving the set targets for financing, mitigation and adaptation, it is this one,” he said.

Chakwera then warned against behaviours that are deemed hazardous to the climate which, he said, if unchecked, could erode chances of achieving parties sustainable economic development.

He bemoaned continued pollution of rivers, lakes and seas, continued degradation of the land, continued putrefication the air, and continued destruction of the ecosystems, among other things.

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He then said the world must be innovative and employ new technologies that move the world off the current path of self-destruction.

“It is we who must innovate and adopt new technologies for growing food crops without destroying our soils. It is we who must innovate and adopt new technologies for traveling around our cities without burning fossil fumes into the air.

“It is we who must innovate and adopt new technologies for heating our homes in the winter without destroying our forests and deepening our carbon footprint. It is we who must innovate and adopt new technologies for generating energy and electricity without mortgaging the very planet we must leave in a habitable state for future generations,” he said.

Chakwera is expected to attend the conference of 26 in Scotland.

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