Latvia - so again!
Published 24th September 2009 - 3 comments - 1144 views -
Nearly 100 world leaders participate in Summit on Climate Change in New York on 22 September to mobilize political will and strengthen momentum for a fair, effective, and ambitious climate deal in Copenhagen this December. President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers too.
Zatlers participated in a panel discussion on the subject of how to develop national economies so that they can reduce the volume of hothouse gas emissions and thus reduce global warming while, at the same time, preserving opportunities for sustainable growth. “Let’s be frank – countries must count on substantial initial costs in this area, but I am convinced that a reduction in hothouse gas emissions must not occur at the expense of economic development. On the contrary – technological changes must promote economic growth,” argued the President.
Due to this statement of President Zatlers I have feeling that it is a great deal of populism as to do this we need to rely on scientists and finance technical development which mainly is venture. Latvia is heavily cutting costs of science, higher education. Head of Latvian University had said that our science development is still somewhere in level of 1990. Work of Parliament and Ministers are struggling with term "structural change" which is mainly used as just some change, some cut there and here. And I wonder how many of our "smart heads" know and understand meaning of sustainable development.
In discussing the role of alternative energy sources, President Zatlers said that diversification of such sources is important not just from the perspective of energy security, but also in the sense that it promotes the development of sustainable, secure and profitable national economies. When it comes to natural resources, President Zatlers particularly pointed to Latvia’s experience in forest management – experience which Latvia is glad to share with other countries. “Our approach is surprisingly simple,” he said. “We must reduce the cutting and destruction of forests if we are to be successful in limiting climate change. We must plant forests and maintain them in a sustainable way.”
And now I am surprised as much as I can be. We are limiting climate change by adopting new rule that allow us to import waste for burning as tyres are better then fossil materials. Initive of law change for company producing cement. It happened couple days before our President had this inspiring speech. Maybe there are some logic, but definately not from climate perserving viewpoint as we still produce CO2.
Welcome to Latvia, its politics, decisions. Will come back more to this in hope to find inspiring and positive change, decisions that made in regard to climate change not pure business.
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