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Great Climate Change debate held in Thimphu

Apr 29, 2014

Great Climate Change debate- Bhutan is considered highly vulnerable to climate change but some say trying to curb economic growth to address climate change distracts attention from more pressing problems like poverty and disease. This was the topic of the Great Climate Change debate held in the capital, yesterday.

A Professor of economics from Guatemala, Dr. Chistopher Lingle, said though climate change is real and happening, economic development depends on good economic policy of the country.

“Because it goes against human nature. Nobody wants to remain poor but if they remain poor then something is interfering with them and the most powerful force in any country that would be an obstruction would be government policy.”

Dr. Chistopher Lingle said changing policy has big national importance.

The participants also raised concerns about global agreement on climate change and rewarding the countries, which are keen in protecting the natural environment.

More than 30 participants took part in a daylong debate on Great Climate Change.

2 Comments for “Great Climate Change debate held in Thimphu”

  1. Tsajangchen

    Our crops and water sources are fast getting dried up. How can we individuals help on this issues.

  2. Pythagoras Trismegistus

    The planet has reached a point where fragmented perceptions about remediation will make the situation worse. Bhutan should deploy cutting edge technologies in energy, water, mining and food production to be a demonstration nation of national happiness. The nation should gain financial independence with a currency integral to the country, backed by a menu of resources. New mining techniques do not require the desecration of the land and huge water resources, new energy sources would solve the struggle with gas containers and high prices associated, poverty is an issue of education (now free on the internet) and policy decisions. The planet is entering an ice age, water will be more bound up in the ice regions. Food production will have to move eventually indoors which allows 90% less water usage, and to produce even in poor weather. While the country has hydro power, that could supply electric cars, but an even more simpler solution exists. To make those changes means everyone needs to understand the situation, so the changes can be implemented as a whole system. Water is crucial, the present mining industry as an example and farming which uses the most water, needs to be modernized. Other wise these industries will suck the ground water table levels too low and pollute what is left over. Disease is abated by education, clean water, economic health and sanitation, not vaccines, pharmaceuticals and competitive mindsets. Bhutan is unique and has an opportunity to utilize its small nation state with rich religious and cultural structures as an asset, integrated with certain technologies and a clear collective concept of what the planet faces. While that view may be complex, its not something only experts can understand or respond to. Its choices. Real information and better advisers with access to the best solutions available. I am available in service if invited to do so.

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