Roselinda Marange

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  • Climate change is real!

    November 28th, 2014

    Climate change and variability is a very worrying subject for me and I hope for many others as well who understand its negative impacts on human and animal life. We have observed this through the changes in rainfall, temperature and wind patterns among the major climate indicators. On average daily temperatures have risen significantly and our rainfall comes late and often inadequate.

    Climate change does not take effect overnight; it is a long-term change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time that range from decades to millions of years. This may vary from one region to another. Some call Climate Change global warming. The questions that come to my mind are; Who or what is the cause? Who or what can stop this development and how? Currently, most pointers are pointing to the continued rise in carbon dioxide levels from our fossil fuel burning as the main driver of global warming. What does this mean to you and me? Scientists point to the emergence of industrialisation as the major cause of this climate challenge and among the main actor is MAN. Within our context in Southern Africa we are an agro dependent population where our livelihoods and source of income comes from. Women are in the majority of this population and they are responsible for the agriculture output of the economy.

    For me it means that I have a role to play, it means I can contribute even in small way in the way and manner that I live starting by taking care of the environment around me. Some of the thoughtless actions of our daily choices results in suffering of other if we are not careful and this will cause a huge gulf of inequality between the benefactors and those sidelined. If we can all start by changing our life-styles and contribute in small ways the aggregate effort will result in amazing results and lessen the gap of inequality. It’s these small actions that may seem unimportant now that will make a huge difference and impact in the future as we do them, we adapt easily to Climate Change. When we anticipate Climate Change’s adverse effects, we are in a better position to take appropriate action in order to minimize the damage it can bring about hence we can take advantage of opportunities that may arise where ever we are. This is likely to save money and lives in the long run while eradicating the issue of who suffers most – inequality!

    Planting tomatoes in Himalaya, ZimbabweGlobalization of the industrial system has also contributed to global warming causing extensive fragmentation and degradation of ecosystems which in turn resulted in the destruction of vast habitats of indigenous plants and animals across the planet. This has brought about mass global extinction of species.

    Some of the adaptation measures that we can take advantage of include using scarce water resources more efficiently, developing drought-tolerant crops, engaging or assisting in re-afforestation initiatives, ensuring that our immediate environment is clean and taking care to practice proper recommended waste disposal methods as well as using less of plastic whenever we can among other things. The list is in exhaustive but with these few pointers, we can go a long way in not only adapting but also in terms of resilience. If we can start somewhere now, we have potential to serve ourselves and generations to come a lot of heartache. We have to act quickly to help those around us adapt now!

    It is increasingly realized that mitigation and adaptation should not be pursued independent of each other but as complementary. This has resulted in the recent calls for the integration of adaptation into mitigation strategies. This together with other initiatives then becomes a building block to resilience which is our capacity to mitigate or diminish impacts of Climate Change or adapt/respond to change. The differences in our capacities to adapt of respond if ignored may cause a hug gap of inequality especially between developed and non-developed communities. Resilience signifies the capacity of a system to absorb disturbances and surprises. It can mean the ability to reorganise so as to retain the same essential function, structure and identity. Resilience is an inherent quality of all healthy living systems. It is a state of dynamic equilibrium which enables systems to grow and evolve while keeping their coherence. Achieving resilience means learning to understand the natural laws of our living systems so that we work with Nature rather than against her.

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  • What is Technology Justice?

    October 16th, 2014

    Technology is a broad term and covers a broad spectrum of aspects of our daily personal and business life.

    Repairing a borehole in Gwanda, ZimbabweFor me, this is a rights based issue, where depending on what one is trying to address, everyone should also be able to determine what technology best works for you and when.  Inequality becomes an issue if people do not have this right or even the knowledge of what ‘technology justice’ is.

    In order to bridge this gap people need to have sufficent knowledge to make appropriate choices for themselves.  This then becomes their art, craft or skill and how this technology is applied in everyday life to improve livelihoods.

    While it is a diverse subject and covers a lot of aspects from personal to business issues, without technology life would be very dismal.   From some of the very basic things that may be considered less important by others such as indoor plumbing, access to clean water, electricity, things which are key either in a home or business environment to things like internet access,  state of the art medical facilities, communication models, transport systems etc.

    Technology is good as long as it does not bring about technological process that results in the depletion of natural resources and for me this is where the inequality becomes an issue.  When others are deprived of natural resources as a result of someone else’s use of a certain technology, then that technology is no longer good.  We need technology that does not impact negatively on other people’s lives either directly or indirectly.  If this is the case then there is justice and makes life so much easier if well-done and well-developed.

    In summary, technology has the potential to create a high standard of living and improve livelihoods.   When everything has been said and done, I feel that Technology Justices ensures that it is every person’s right to choose and to have access to basic needs and need or service being the operative word here starting from an individual perspective to a commercial one.  Clean water, energy access and shelter are some of the things that come to mind.

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