One month ago we concluded the global challenges achieving sustainability congress it gave us opportunities to master besides taking a second look at challenges in North and emerging economies. Not to forget low development countries. Each planetary boundary is faced with grim issues. Surplus energy supply, making cities livable, population explosion and food insecurity.
Business cluster in advanced economies are scared for a dive downwards as result of flying passengers unpronounced competition rising from carbon emissions offsets propelled by efficient virtual village. The numbers on up take of technology information is on upward trend in emerging economies. The M-pesa success in Kenya has proved how technology can empower masses into economic emancipation. On other hand these nations have a population facing starvation and undecreasing figures of stunted children. The little food harvested is secretly lost term it post-harvest loss due to lack of proactive systems. While somewhere on this planet food is wasted, an estimated of 30% of produce, contributing to 11% carbon emissions.
We cannot ignore the role of science in providing significant data for approaches of a circular economy or how to useful balance social, natural, spiritual capitals among others. South nations have faced scientists who are locked in their planetary boundary, politicians who are slow to support any new idea and if they do you are lucky if it becomes world’s best practice. The civil societies have stressed same new wine in old wine-skins. We need current data that will guide practical action and awaken our politician. For this reason I will not point fingers at the capitalists’ business society. No one has held them accountable on their processes of Africa consumes or challenged them to improve production for sustainable societies.
Have we not witnessed Africa democracy change spring through urban centres spiral into the bundus. Name anything, mobile users, internet fashion etc. This vantage centres continued to attract more humans with over seven billion on this planet half of it dwells in cities. Africa’s outlook we are still rural, however, in next sixteen years it will be fastest growing populous continent besides China and India countries. The sixty per cent of its population will be in cities. This will put strain on rural fields that will be under adverse climate change impacts.
As central governments devolve or some argue for managed retreat to rural areas this will cut & paste current cities problems into incapacitated rural township centres. If you do not service your car engine it will cost your hard earned dime. Cities are engines of emerging economies. For instance Nairobi claims directly and indirectly 50% of Kenya’s GDP. Let us not re-invent the wheel of how ideas flow into the veins of Africa. Join with us to inject into these veins message of sustainable cities. Green economy; renewable energy adoption, integrated waste management, efficient buildings, cleaner technologies and social inclusion or justice.
On second thought what if we all owned electric cars with efficient power supply, will we drive unending? Now we head to COP20 in Lima, Peru.