President of Guyana talks climate change

President of Guyana talks climate change

There are 17 comments on the Peterborough Examiner story from Oct 22, 2009, titled President of Guyana talks climate change. In it, Peterborough Examiner reports that:

Trent University students had the chance last night to put their questions about climate change to the president of Guyana, a world leader who was recently named Time magazine's "Hero of the Environment." Bharrat Jagdeo, who spoke to The Examinerprior to his question- and-answer discussion, said the public needs to put vocal pressure on world ...

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Ronald Harsawack

Georgetown, Guyana

#1 Oct 22, 2009
President of Guyana talks climate change
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Trent University students had the chance last night to put their questions about climate change to the president of Guyana, a world leader who was recently named Time magazine's "Hero of the Environment."

Bharrat Jagdeo, who spoke to The Examinerprior to his question- and-answer discussion, said the public needs to put vocal pressure on world leaders to take immediate action on climate change.

His discussion, entitled Saving The World's Forests Today, was open to Trent students and members of the community. It was held in the Champlain College Great Hall.

Jagdeo, 35, is one of the youngest heads of government in the world and has led the country since 1999. Prior to becoming president he was finance minister.

Trent is the first of three universities he is visiting this week. He'll be at York University and University of Toronto today. The speaking tour is meant to raise awareness and spark discussion on climate change issues.

Jagdeo said the global economic crisis of the past year has put many environmental discussions on the back burner.

"Climate change has a much bigger systemic impact," he said. "The effects will be catastrophic."

While billions of dollars have been set aside to save banks and financial institutions to pull the world out of the recession, Jagdeo said the vault is usually empty when money is needed for climate change strategies.

"To some extent the financial crisis flew climate change out the window," he said. "But I think (the recession) has been used as an excuse.

"There needs to be public pressure and political will for there to be mass action."

Aggressive strict new targets to cut greenhouse-gas emissions need to be reached by all countries, he said.

He's hopeful the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December will yield a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, a global greenhouse-gas treaty ratified by dozens of countries, including Canada, but not the United States.

For the most part, all world leaders have accepted the science of climate change and have acknowledged the devastating impact it will cause if not addressed, he said.

"It's less costly to do something now," he said.

But still the effects of climate change are happening faster than scientists originally predicted, he said.

"Polar ice cap melting was supposed to happen in 2020. It's happening now," he said.

Jagdeo said farmers in developing countries are experiencing the devastating impact by the loss of crops.

"The farmers in Guyana have seen a complete change in their weather pattern. They have never seen so much rain," he said. "We lose 10% of GDP from flooding. There are hectares of crops, such as rice, completely ruined."

Jagdeo said a cap and trade system allows for a greater incentive for renewable energy.

NOTE: Bharrat Jagdeovisited Trent withDanny Doobay,the Honorary Consulate General of Guyana to Canada who is based in Toronto. Doobay said people in Ontario are sheltered from some of the harsh effects of global warming. Likewise the topic isn't discussed as frequently as in other parts of the world. "Generally people in Canada know about climate change, but there isn't a high level of public consciousness.

Since: May 09

Georgetown, Guyana

#2 Oct 22, 2009
President Jagdeo has been committed in making the LCDS plan work, every Guyanese should take this into consideration and see the effort and assist in just supporting it...

Since: May 09

Georgetown, Guyana

#3 Oct 23, 2009
Canada amongst many offered our President unreserved encouragement and hailed his bold climate change leadership battle on the world stage...
Patrick

Georgetown, Guyana

#4 Oct 23, 2009
This the kind of minds we need to push Guyana further, we have gained the attention of the world and yet the stupid opposition can't seem to grasp the importance of our forest.
Norway

Georgetown, Guyana

#5 Oct 23, 2009
In recent years, President Bharrat Jagdeo has spoken frequently of the need for developing countries to be at the fore in identifying solutions to avert the worst extremes of climate change, and has repeatedly raised the issue at the United Nations and summits of Latin America and Commonwealth Heads of Government...

Since: May 09

Georgetown, Guyana

#6 Oct 25, 2009
SEVERAL other countries around the world are with Guyana on pursuing a low carbon development growth path in the global climate change battle.

Guyana continues to receive kudos internationally for its leadership role in the fight centered on its draft Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) which hinges largely on forest preservation and avoiding deforestation.
bob

San Jose, CA

#8 Oct 26, 2009
I can agree to an extent, but then
again, I can disagree.

o.k. I have no real point of posting here just checking out my proxy.
Greencrush

Saint George, Barbados

#9 Oct 26, 2009
LCDS Proposal

“EnvironMENTAList ”

Since: Feb 07

Near Detroit

#10 Oct 26, 2009
Ob_server wrote:
SEVERAL other countries around the world are with Guyana on pursuing a low carbon development growth path in the global climate change battle.
Guyana continues to receive kudos internationally for its leadership role in the fight centered on its draft Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) which hinges largely on forest preservation and avoiding deforestation.
Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly exaggerated computer predictions combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a rollback of the industrial age. Such is the truly extraordinary position in which we find ourselves. Thanks to misreading the significance of a brief period of rising temperatures at the end of the 20th century, the Western world (but not India or China) is now contemplating measures that add up to the most expensive economic suicide note ever written. The UN has allowed Carbon Trading to trump 3rd World Education, clean water and starvation rescue. Surely, this is the 1936 of Greenzism. Get ahead of the curve because history will not be kind to you modern day witch burners.
the truth

Port Huron, MI

#11 Oct 28, 2009
Ecuador’s president is in London this week to promote a unique proposal: pay his country around $ 4 billion not to drill for oil in a pristine Amazon reserve.

Germany and Spain have expressed interest in Rafael Correa’s idea, which environmentalists say could set a precedent in the fi ght against global warming by lowering the high cost to poor countries of going green.

Correa is scheduled to meet with British MPs today to discuss the proposal.

The June 2008 deadline for this proposal to save Yasuní has been extended, but time is running out and the oil companies are poised, ready to drill.

“ This is the fi rst time the government of a major oilproducing country has voluntarily offered to forego lucrative oil extraction in order to help combat climate change,” Matt Finer, a staff scientist for Save America’s Forests and author of a study on Correa’s initiative, said.( Excerpt from: Al Jazeera)

this is what the govt needs to do, give the land to the farmers, and demand payment to preserve the forest.
NO MONEY THEN GIVE MORE LAND
siddiki

Southold, NY

#12 Nov 3, 2009
ecuador has done well. what is jukdeo doing besides being a big gayu blabbermouth .since he wants to be in charge of everything he should talk about solar energy . guyana got ots of sun . if he had sense he wouldhave used solar power to help that crippled GPL.
watchie

Queens Village, NY

#13 Nov 3, 2009
The president of Guyana neds to address the Human Rights Violations, Cocaine exportation and concomittant corruption in his country.
That is a worthwhile step of change of climate in the country.

Since: May 09

Georgetown, Guyana

#15 Nov 4, 2009
siddiki wrote:
ecuador has done well. what is jukdeo doing besides being a big gayu blabbermouth .since he wants to be in charge of everything he should talk about solar energy . guyana got ots of sun . if he had sense he wouldhave used solar power to help that crippled GPL.
So you rather experience hurricane's rain storms, intense rain fall, floods, snow, the cold etc for a little electricity???

Since: May 09

Georgetown, Guyana

#16 Nov 4, 2009
Preserving our forest and being against deforestation, this is what is gonna stair Guyana far from all the natural disasters you can possibly think about. In 2005 a little rain fell and we had a little flood that went down in minutes and you people were crying out, imagine if you had hurricanes to deal with!

Wah you woulda do then budday?
siddiki

Southold, NY

#17 Nov 4, 2009
observer you stupid koolie azz hole we talking about jukdeo wasting time running his mouth abroad about low carbon buit he cant see how we can help by using solar energy which guyana got lenty of ./ that would save the environment and its cheap . i dont see him opening his gay mouth to talk about that . for over 15 years he let the solar energy go waste and now he running behind carbon to put in your azz hole and his gay batti hole .

Since: May 09

Georgetown, Guyana

#18 Nov 5, 2009
If Jagdeo wasn’t running his mouth abroad then you would have had to work you ass off to pay back the BILLIONS that the PNC left for the PPP to pay.

It racist jumbies like you that he hampering the opposition to do what they are doing today, innocent people are being attacked due to their greediness.
siddiki

Southold, NY

#19 Nov 5, 2009
observer you is a good coolie bytch . you give blow jobs like your lover jukdeo. only when i cuss pnc and racist blacks , you agree with me you namak haram .but when i talk the truth about jukdeo you say im wrong . thats what fcukking up guyana . coolie people only seeing the lil good but not watching the evil that them rich coolie people doing .thats why burnam fcuk dem good cause dem like money

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