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07 June 2007

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Damas Ogwe

I concur with Walter Otis Tapfumaneyi, that it never rains in Africa but rather it pours. Indeed, we have changed the English saying that it rains "cats and dogs" and we now say it is raining "elephants and buffalos"

Africa is the chief victim of global warming though our contribution to this cause could account for as little as under 5 per cent (I stand to be corrected on this figure).

The G8 must feel responsible for most of the effects of climate change and are probably feeling that they need to do something.

But are they doing enough? Or are they just engaging in empty talk shop?

G8 countries account for just over ten per cent of world population, thus I wish to state here that they are not the world and they should not think of themselves as the world.

If they want to consider themselves as the world, then they have to feel for the world and especially the LDCs. They have to address issues requiring both short term and long term interventions. At present, the key issues in Africa revolve around poverty, healthcare and HIV/AIDS among others.

i am not in any way saying that the environment is not important. My family's rural shamba(swahili for farm) is not as productive as it was when in the seventies. And even then I am told it was more productive in the 1940s to 1960s.

In "those days" (and listen carefully when the older guys speak of those days), it was as easy as ABC to predict the rains and thus one could easily plan for the timing of the planting season.

In Kenya we no well defined rainy seasons. We would usually talk of the long rains (traditionally from mis-March to july) and the long rains from around September to end November. There is a new season which cannot be defined some where in between December to around February. Experts point to the global warming to which Kenya's contribution may be less than one percent.

Are the G8 doing enough? They cannot do this alone since they are not the world. The entire world must be in this too.

Damas Ogwe
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