AYCM: Time to Lead at COP 18

AYCM: Time to Lead at COP 18

This article was originally posted at the Arab Environmentalist by Abdullah Saif on November 12, 2012.

In more than 13 Arab countries youth united in demanding serious action against climate change. The members of the “Arab Youth Climate movement” coordinated a regional day of action across the Arab world.

In Dubai,  members of the “Arab Youth Climate Movement” carried the banner “It is time to lead,” referring to the need for Arab governments to exploit this golden opportunity for leadership in the international talks on climate change due to its geopolitical location and influence.

The event was done in coordination with 350-UAE, Green Map-UAE and Flea for Charity. Volunteers and coordinators took students from Al-Himam center in Ajman to Safa park, were they partook in different activities with environmental awareness as a theme.

The aim of this move is to urge Arab leaders to reach the best solutions to the environmental disaster that we face. The United Nations Conference on Climate Change will be held for the first time in an Arab country, namely Qatar from November 26th to 7th December 2012. This constitutes a historic opportunity for the Arab countries to take leadership in the environmental front.

During the activity the UAE coordinators for the “Arab youth climate movement” defined the movement and its objectives; it was founded in September of this year and it aims to lead Arab youth to address the problems caused by climate change and call on Arab countries to take the position of leadership and direct Arab opinion toward formulating a decisive stance and committing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The coordinators explained that Arab governments must take action like other countries of the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the world through clear policies agreed upon at the conference. If this is not successful over the next five years it will become impossible to turn back and seek to reduce the temperature of the planet then.

Arab countries, especially GCC countries must show a changed perspective towards climate change and work to protect renewable resources.

It is worth mentioning that the imposition of policies reduces the greenhouse gas emissions requires the imposition of environmental justice in all countries, this calls for the use of renewable energy sources and natural gas as alternatives to fossil fuels, it also calls to reduce air pollution and the reduction of the use of means of transportation that rely on oil.

Youth groups have participated in each of the following countries: Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Iraq.