Harapan Hijau di Copenhagen

(Published in Sinar Harian, 9 December 2009)

DUNIA ini pinjaman; sudahlah pinjaman, sementara pula sifatnya. Tiada yang kekal; tiada yang maksum. Yang pasti hanya satu: Perubahan pasti berlaku. Walaupun sudah berdentum-dentam dihebohkan dalam media moden dan tradisional perihal iklim dunia yang dikatakan semakin panas, rata-rata kita masih menganggap bahawa itu bukan masalah interim kita. Peduli apa?

Hatta, segelintir kita masih menggunakan beg plastik dan kertas secara liberal, membuang sampah-sarap dari tingkap kereta, menebang pokok dan balak atas nama komersil atau mencemari sumber air semulajadi dengan aktiviti kemanusian.

Kus rasa semangat apabila membaca dan melihat imej Sungai Citarum di laman portal berita Indonesia, The Jakarta Post. Sungai tersebut –  walaupun rupanya lebih mirip tempat pelupusan sampah – telah berjasa membekalkan sumber air kepada 80% penduduk Jakarta. Kos untuk membaikpulih? Kerajaan Indonesia telah meminjam 500 juta dolar dari Asian Development Bank untuk membiayai kerja-kerja merawat air sungai itu. Mahalnya harga kejahilan manusia.

Apa kurangnya sungai dan punca air di Lembah Klang? Walaupun tidak seburuk Sungai Citarum, tetap hambar kualiti dan berbau busuk apabila hujan.

Statistik sains alam sekitar melaporkan bahawa suhu harian kita sekarang lebih panas berbanding dengan 12 tahun lepas; kemarau di benua Afrika semakin buruk dan panjang; paras air lautan dunia meningkat; bongkah-bongkah ais di kutub Antartik dan Artik telah cair dan menipis pada tahap yang membimbangkan. Semua ini berlaku kerana suhu dunia sekarang lebih panas.

Harapan Hijau mati dengan sikap acuh tak acuh kita selama ini.

Berpaksikan isu iklim semasa dunia, di ibukota Denmark, Copenhagen, ketika ini sedang duduk semeja 15,000 delegasi dan 100 pemimpin dunia dari 192 negara perserta untuk menghadiri Persidangan Iklim (Climate Conference) anjuran Pertubuhan Bangsa Bangsa Bersatu (PBB). Seperti yang dilaporkan oleh Associated Press, persidangan yang berlangsung dari 7 hingga 18 Disember tersebut, antara lainnya, akan cuba untuk mencapai kata sepakat dalam memantau pengeluaran gas karbon berlebihan yang menjadi petualang utama terhadap kepanasan iklim global. Sistem pengangkutan sahaja telah menyumbang sebanyak 27% pengeluran gas karbon di seluruh dunia.

Harapan Hijau hidup kembali apabila Persidangan Iklim ini bermula.

Lebih mengagumkan apabila di kota London, lebih kurang 50,000 orang berarak untuk mendesak Persidangan Iklim mengambil langkah tegas dengan menandatangai perjanjian rasmi untuk mengurangkan pengeluaran gas karbon beracun. Berbaju biru dengan cat di muka, mereka berarak menuju ke perkarangan Houses of Parliament untuk berjumpa dengan perdana menteri, Gordon Brown, yang akan menghadiri persidangan tersebut.

Pada malam Sabtu lepas juga, sebuah keretapi yang dicat dengan jalur hijau berlepas merentasi Brussel ke Copenhagen. Gerabak hijau yang membawa 450 perwakilan PBB tersebut membawa mesej tersendiri kepada dunia: pilihlah pengangkutan awan untuk mengurangkan pengeluaran gas karbon.

Harapan Hijau akan terus hidup jika lebih ramai mengambil inisiatif seperti di London dan Brussel.

Tetapi malangnya di Malaysia, kita tidak mementingkan isu hijau. Fakta ini jelas terbukti apabila tinjauan yang telah dijalankan oleh HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad –  The HSBC Climate Confidence Monitor 2009 –  menunjukkan bahawa rakyat Malaysia lebih risau tentang penyakit merebak seperti selsema babi, kestabilan ekonomi dunia, isu pengganas (terrorism) dan jenayah picisan harian.

Hakikatnya, kasih sayang dan sikap perihatin terhadap alam sekitar adalah tanggungjawab sejagat; tanggungjawab kolektif setiap insan bertemadun. Pemuliharaan alam sekitar amat getir untuk menjamin kehidupan berkualiti anak cucu kita – juga untuk spesis orang utan di Sepilok, gajah di Chiang Mai, ikan salmon di Kamchatka, harimau bintang di Afrika dan beruang kutub di Artik. Yang paling utama, air yang kita minum dan udara yang kita sedut harus bebas dari rencam ‘racun’ buatan manusia.

Walaupun persidangan di Copenhagen ini tidak layak menjana berita utama di muka hadapan akhbar-akhbar tempatan, kita harus sedar bahawa beban untuk mengekalkan kehijauan dunia tidak sepatutnya dipikul oleh negara-negara peserta United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change dan Kyoto Protocol sahaja.

Anda juga harus berubah dengan menghidupkan Harapan Hijau di Malaysia.

Walaupun pesanan ini berbentuk retorik dan klise, jangan sekali-kali kita lupa bahawa kita tidak pernah mewarisi alam ini dari nenek moyang kita, sebaliknya kita meminjamnya dari generasi akan datang. Jadilah insan yang celik isu alam sekitar.

Semoga kita dapat membezakan yang mana hak, yang mana batil. Salam hijau.

4 thoughts on “Harapan Hijau di Copenhagen

  1. Before u start makin a statement of whether carbon dioxide emission is the major or a minor cause of global warming, it is always best to have a 2nd,3rd opinions. There are 2 types scientists, NWO scientists who are funded by giant capitalists and practical honest scientists who has no compromise for the truth.
    The infamous leaked emails from University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, the major UN climate research unit, in one email out of thousands that leaked said “”I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature [the science journal] trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.” Booom, this is real big. The whole scientific community was taken aback. This was broadcasted everywhere, but the truth is they cant hide anymore. What this NWO scientists presented as half truth for the Elites to incorporate world governance, world government with their junky scientific global warming as their weapon for the world’s carbon taxing.
    This is just an opener, u can find tonnes more on the net on how they “peer-review” climate journals n discarded so many scientists who didnt agree with them.

    Also youtube’s The Arrival pt.1 – pt.50++ by noreagaa is comprehensive, worth-watching, simple yet facts-presented on New World Order who’s who n if ure wondering whats wrong with the world today.
    John F Kennedy had warned bout this movement to the Americans in his public speech right b4 he got shot. Since then, they always ensure the President is their person of choice, obediently take commands from them.
    If ure hunger for truth, dun miss it.

  2. Duh! the infamous hacked emails from University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit doesn’t effect much to the equation really.

    The climate change skeptic tries to muscle-in with the help of you know who. Unfortunately people with a lack knowledge of fundamental science if not elementary science will easily coach to believe in what ever they aim for.

  3. HopenHagen the land of the confused

    What in the world is going on, Copenhagen will end up the laughing stock of the world, there are some 30,000 delegates trying to make sense of hundreds of ongoing news conferences and different meetings, with the uneducated hope of saving the world in one foul swoop.

    The draft treaty which I have just tried to read for the forth time, is a repetitive mumble of what could be seen as to many cooks trying to stir the pot, with the goal being to keep Co2 at below 400ppm with the hope of limiting the global temperature from rising any further than 2 % on today’s estimated emissions.

    The Treaty goes on to blame drought, lack of food production and the like to Co2 emissions, why have they not considered huge population growth, land clearing and the diversion of food crops towards the production of fuels in the debate astounds me.

    Plant growth and tolerance to lower water usage increase along with higher co2 concentrations, yet we are trying to reduce co2 output, makes no sense to me, and with huge population growth how can we divert our inadequate crop production to meet the green fuel agenda let alone ignorance of increased water storage and power production.

    Sections of the treaty are reliant on the developing nations receiving financial support from the more industrialized nations like the USA and Australia, on top of that we are expected to reduce emissions by 15 to 20% over the next decade at a huge cost to our economy, while developing nations are free to increase their emissions up until 2020.

    The Treaty reads more like a communist style attempt to equally share all our good fortunes with very little actual reduction in global co2 production in the short term.

    We lower our emissions while others can increase theirs and we pay a high price to boot, estimated at between 150 and 400 billion dollars, somewhat akin to doubling the GST.

    Important issues that seem not to be addresses include who and how do they access any countries Co2 production and associated reductions, the effects to that of our economy, stock markets, retirement and super savings and the like.

    Handing over billions of our hard earned dollars in such hard economic times is one thing, but whom we hand it to and where it ends up are just as important, and I have yet to even address the fact that Co2 caused warming is not based on fact, but rather speculation. The global warming hoax is perhaps the greatest hoax after the “Piltdown Man” hoax in 1912 which took 41 years (1953) b4 it was declared a hoax. Fallacies about global warming is a good read which u can find here, http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/fallacies.html

    I dare not bring up my skepticism of the cause of warming or whether in fact warming is actually occurring, as I will be disenfranchised as a denier or intolerant of my worlds future, but that is irrelevant, I do support lowering pollution, putting in place measures to address future disasters and investment in clean energy, but only if we do so in an informed and sustainable manner.

    To blindly follow in the wake of the information before me, would be a crime in itself, to allow others to determine my country’s future with out regard to our expected democratic processes are in excusable in any ones language.

    Trying to holt population growth and deforestation seem of the agenda, increased water storage and collection also seem unimportant to the Copenhagen agenda, helping poorer nations secure adequate food, power and water resources is also not mentioned, all I have seen is the redistribution of money, increased powers over democratic society’s and huge profits for those whom run the system.

    The treaty must be read over and over by our political representatives so they make any future decisions based on fact rather than spin and assumptions, I have heard over and over that our green future will create jobs, yet the treaty is clear that all advances in scientific and agricultural findings must be shared equally, so any money we pour into research will not provide much of a financial benefit to our own industries.

    Being told by a non elected power to dramatically increase our cost of living and to provide billions of dollars to developing nations, with out any input into how it is spent, while at the same time being forced to survive on around half of what we were used to, based of debatable science is a very stupid move in anyone’s eyes.

    Spending our hard earned taxes on increased supply’s of potable water, clean power generation, sustainable and self reliant food production, would be my first step, a simple but effective way to curb pollution is to introduce a variable rate tax system to reward initiative in the manufacturing sector.

    We should expose the myth that population growth is the only way to increase our economic growth and work towards a sustainable future with out the un wanted spin of greedy multinational interests, and then only then can we put our sights on increasing our support of the worlds developing nations, lead by example rather then follow those who might just be headed in the wrong direction, not giving them absolute powers to control ur country’s development and further enslaving poorer countries.

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