Climate and food: Together we work, we will be stronger

This morning with perfect weather which is rare in the United Kingdom, I came across the news and views portals around climate, food and governance. A serious news analysis on climate severity referring to the recent UN report was published on the Guardian digital edition. I watched a video of an appealing issue raised by a member of parliament of Nepal referring to skyrocketing food prices from which farmers have not been benefitted. Moreover, my attention was dragged by an analysis of the Guardian economic editor on American President Trump’s attitude and jeopardy globalisation. It reflects Trump’s dangerous supremacy and move against global governance. From all the above, I learned that how humanity is being endangered and pushing towards the cliffs by humans to secure their vested interest and stick on the power.

An IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems was analysed on the digital edition of the Guardian. According to the report an “Ethical considerations, and the principle of equity, in particular, are central to this report”. And the report was summarised in the executive summary as it was “informed by traditional evidence of the physical climate system and associated impacts and vulnerabilities of climate change, together with knowledge drawn from the perceptions of risk and the experiences of climate impacts and governance systems.” Of course, the severe problems such as inequality, climate change and food crisis are created by the state due to selfish governance approach ignoring to be globalised. What they did and did not do in the past were the reasons for those consequences from which humanity has been at risk. The academia and the researcher have unanimously agreed and presented the evidence that two of the nine planetary boundaries have already crossed the limit and posed the serious threats of sudden collapse. According to the aforementioned UN report, the Guardian underlines that ‘climate crisis has reduced land’s ability to sustain humanity’ and ‘ecosystems never before under such threat and restoration is urgent.’ However, global governance has been divided sharply in realising the issues for a kind of populist dogma and neo-nationalism.

Hence, global and local policymakers are not allowed to ignore the issues/problems as they are indebting salaries and benefits from the future generation to make the earth a safe place for them.

Jagadish

When strolling on around the headings of the media, I found an interesting video shared by the Setopati, a Nepalese digital news portal. The video was about abnormal food supply, quality, price and governance which has been viral due it recorded an appealing statement of a member of parliament of Nepalese. The MP was sharing a serious experience of vegetable he wanted to buy to get the meal ready every day. However, he underlined first, it was too expensive as many could not afford the cost; secondly, it had poor quality and the third was the huge amount collected by the skyrocketing price is not going to the pocket of the farmers. The serious issue behind this, as he underlined, was government ignorance where nothing is clear. The state mechanism seems totally unaware in terms of pros and cons of the food system, resource management, policy formulation and implementation, and trading food between neighbouring nations. The poorest of the poorest countries in the world like Nepal has been facing tremendous stress from the food system we spoiled by the development approach we embraced in the past. Yet, according to the prominent Nobel laureate and Columbian economist Joseph Stiglitz, who are benefitting from such selfishness are resistant to overhaul the system and they are powerful.


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The economic editor of the Guardian was trying to reflect an image of mischief offered by the power-holders in the name of globalisation who seems are not globalised themselves. Indeed, we have a global and local problem to be addressed. For the global problems like climate change, multidimensional poverty and multidimensional smuggling due to weak governance cannot be solved by a single effort that is either by a nation or by an individual. Together we work, we will be stronger and vice versa. Due to unlimited activities of human against humanity, we are losing hope and the inputs such as land, water and eco-system to continue food production in line with increasing population. The capacity of the nature producing food has been contracted whereas the size of the population needing food is increasing tremendously. Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale. Hence, global and local policymakers are not allowed to ignore the issues/problems as they are indebting salaries and benefits from the future generation to make the earth a safe place for them. Feature image: WEF          

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