Cop 18 was held at Doha in Qatar, a large exporter of oil. Cop 19 was held in Poland, where coal mining is a large contributor to the economy. Very ironic that a Conference to reduce fossil fuel use was held in two successive Fossil Fuel exporting countries.
Lima is different. As we reported in our previous blog climate change is a threat to the City’s water supply. There are other environmental risks that citizens of Lima, and the host country, Peru, must face. The circumstances are:
- 52.2% of Peru’s population lives on the coast which is at risk of rising oceans
- Fishing is one of it’s primary industries and climatic phenomenons as el Niño/Niña have disrupted this industry causing severe economic pain
- The other primary industry is mining and there have been constant conflicts between mining projects and communities,
- Illegal mining and logging in the Rain Forrest are critical issues in the Amazon region
- Its distinctive geography gives it 84 of the 104 known ecosystems and 28 of the 32 known climate zones, making Peru one of the world’s most ecologically diverse nations, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
We wonder if the large number of delegates will be more sympathetic to the need to make progress when they are in a small country where environmental risks are high.
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