NOW that the dust has settled on the outcome of the UN Climate Conference of the Parties (COP 26), let’s analyse what needs to be done to fulfil our daunting promises made at the Conference.
For Malaysia, achieving net zero emissions by 2050 is indeed a tall order. I agree with Tan Chen Horng who wrote in “Attitude, action, aggressiveness” (Sunday Star, Nov 21; online at https://bit.ly/3CGA4Qk) that Malaysia must start treating the climate change problem seriously and professionally.
In other words, we must take the bull by the horns and do so expeditiously and with courage and lots of political will. The world, including Malaysia, is now waking up to the reality of climate change.
I would like to suggest that Malaysia make a bid to host COP28, COP29 or COP30. COP27 will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
If we are successful in our bid, we will be on our toes all the time to ensure that we deliver the goods.
Top leaders including the Prime Minister will have to be actively involved. When the top leadership is actively involved in any issue, political will would be at its strongest and the chances of success would be much higher.
The other positive factor is the tourism dollars to be earned. In COP26, leaders and senior officials from 197 countries were in attendance. This should be food for thought to the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry, and Environment and Water Ministry.
One effective way to get the whole nation involved in climate change issues is through the Malaysian Family policy of the present government. The policy’s three doctrines – inclusivity, common ground and contentment – do fit in nicely with the need to keep our environment clean, safe and sustainable.
DR POLA SINGH