The Green Climate Fund was set up in 2010, with the primary objective of helping developing nations to adapt to climate change (and to mitigate the effects of climate change in developing nations). It is important to note that climate change tends to have very devastating effects on developing nations. Yet the developing nations’ contribution to the problem is very modest. That is the case, given the fact that climate change is said to be caused (primarily) by greenhouse gas emissions. And as we all know, it is from the developed nations that most of the greenhouse gas emissions come from. On the other hand, it is the developing nations that end up having to bear the brunt of the resultant climate change. And on another note, the developing nations’ financial ability to cope with the effects of climate change is very limited. That is what necessitated the formation of the Green Climate Fund.
The way the Green Climate Fund works is such that developed nations contribute funds to it. The fund operates under the auspices of the UN system, as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The Green Climate Fund has not been without controversy. There are people who feel that the assistance offered through the fund is too modest, compared to the devastation caused by climate change in developing nations. You have to appreciate that the people in developing nations mostly live off the land. They till the land, raise animals on the land, hunt, collect honey from beehives… and so on. Life there is very different compared to developed nations. The average citizen in a developed nation has a job (or a government-backed safety net) to fall back on – no matter what. He may, for instance, be a US Postal Service employee, assured of a livelihood as long as his work schedule at the liteblue usps portal is full. On a day to day basis, the said employee just has to visit the usps liteblue employee login page, sign in, and check his work schedule. As long as there is some work for him, he is assured of a paycheck. Even if there is no work, there are government safety nets – including welfare and food stamps – to fall back on. But in the developing nations, it is survival for the fittest. Yet those developing nations are the ones that bear the greatest brunt from climate change: their economic fragility notwithstanding.
Climate change is having a negative effect on tourism around the world. This puts the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on tourism at risk. You have to appreciate that there are nation’s whose entire economies are dependent on tourism. Thus anything that threatens tourism turns out to be a national security threat in such nations. And for sure, climate change is threatening tourism by among other things:
- Altering ecosystems: thus, for instance, in nations where there used to be lots of wild animals to be viewed by tourists, the numbers have dwindled. In some places, there are actually no wild animals remaining – sounding a death knell to the local tourism industries. The same applies even for marine life. That is where, due to climate change — and the resultant changes in ecosystems — places that used to have rich and attractive marine life now have none. Also at risk are some seaside tourist attractions, that are at risk of sinking/disappearing due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.
- Making the weather less predictable: this makes it hard to move tourists from one point to another. You also have to understand that there are tourists who move around in search of friendlier weather conditions. There are, for instance, tourists who flee from the cold (during the winter) to places that are likely to be warmer. Then, due to climate change, you find that places that used to be warmer during certain months are now colder and vice versa. This messes up tourism.
- Introducing conflicts where previously there was peace: tourism thrives where there is peace. But climate change is causing resource-based conflicts. These scare away tourists, leading to the decline of the tourism industries.
Now as mentioned earlier, there are millions of people who depend wholly on tourism for their livelihood. It can be hard to believe this, if you work in other sectors – such as public service, agriculture, finance, retail… and so on. Like if, for instance, you work in the food industry for a company like PepsiCo. In that case, you have a system where, on a fortnightly basis, you visit the My pepsico login page, to get your paycheck. The said login page, which is part of PepsiCo’s HR portal at Mypepsico.com is the gateway to the site where PepsiCo staff get to access all their work-related resources in one place…
Now being such a (PepsiCo) employee, it can be very hard for you to envision the life of someone else whose livelihood is predicated on tourism earnings. Yet the reality is that there are millions of such people globally. And those are people whose livelihoods are badly threatened by climate change.