Ceremonial environmentalists and polluters by nature, is the best description for our leaders. Environmental policies and documents have been adopted at prestigious flowery events, with highly esteemed delegates who hours later would either be commissioning a coal mine or the next day giving a powerful speech on a coal powered train engine. This has clearly shown our leadership are moulded and carved from the slippery and dicey substance of politics? The very substance that make them undisputed strangers to the truth. Their expertise number one is being masters of glib and doublespeak.
The phrase Zimbabwe is open for business has arose to be a new call up tag on every Zimbabwean, much to the suffering of other environmental and social degradation in the quest for attaining business standards. There are also environmental risks associated with extracting, transporting, and utilizing fossil fuels. Mining for coal and minerals are especially hazardous because the digging of massive mines and wells can change the surrounding landscapes and bring massive amounts of salt water to the surface which can damage nearby ecosystems without proper treatment and sequestration. Natural gas extraction is somewhat safer but can also be hazardous. While there are regulations in place that attempts to minimize the risks, it is impossible to eliminate them completely. However, regulation is not enough; there must be continued research in developing new technologies for both fossil fuel and renewable energy, in addition to an increasing conservation measure. We ought to appreciate our environment and understand that fossil fuels are better left underground as we do not have any other habitable planet. David Suzuki, an environmental scientist,
The future of carbon markets remains uncertain, but the need for urgent action to avert catastrophic climate change is clear. Ambitious action to address climate change remains constrained, especially with the developed world continuing to play handmaiden to the fossil fuel industries, and climate talks corrupted by fossil fuel interests.
When it comes to the subject of climate change and fossil fuels, Zimbabwean policy makers have arisen to be more of ceremonial environmentally conscious principle, their craftsmanship in circumvention of the truth and disappearing into thin air is second to none. It is however disturbing on their urgency and appetite for international climate change conferences and gracing environmental conferences with flowery speeches leaves a lot to be desired whether it’s just the nature of politicians or merely ignorance. Their palms would be significantly greased and where they try so hard to gloss over their viewpoints in the adopted name of overnight stewards of the environment. Our leaders still dream of the overflowing power of coal as their most prized possessions. Their relationship with fossil fuels is still strong and growing from strength to strength, but they would want to be if they no longer want to be associated with fossil fuels. In fact, they are not yet ready to let go their firm grip on fossil fuels. In their hidden beliefs and agendas, fossil fuels emit lots of carbon into the atmosphere, only on paper, but, the energy-mix still plays a major role in dominating the global energy discourse and consumption. It would be futile to celebrate the open for business concept by allowing our nation to be home to the high-powered diesel and coal-driven locomotives and ululating to industries powered by such sources of energy. The vast majority of decision makers lavish lifestyles and strong economies are a result of their sound investments in fossil fuels. That fossil fuels are dirty and a threat to humanity and the environment is for the public image management, newspapers, magazines, the poor and the gullible, while at the core of their hearts they are celebrating the exploration, excavation and usage of fossil fuels.
The future of carbon markets remains uncertain, but the need for urgent action to avert catastrophic climate change is clear. Ambitious action to address climate change remains constrained, especially with the developed world continuing to play handmaiden to the fossil fuel industries, and climate talks corrupted by fossil fuel interests. Zimbabwe currently has a smaller number of significant pilot projects have been introduced to orient the local people about the benefits of renewable energy sources. Most people in this country still view these alternative forms of energy sources as elitist in nature, which do not concern them leaving project appreciation and failure as the result. As such, the leadership in this country is not taking significant steps in making these local people renewable-energy compliant in the practical sense whilst theoretically doing well. This scenario saves to communicate chilling messages that our leaders are not keen in appreciating our environment for future generations.
Unless something dramatic happens and unless our leaders start walking the talk and investing in the implementation of fossil fuels, this is going to be a sad triumph and dominance for the fossil fuel-industries.