Green Economies

by Developed Africa 16. December 2013 09:00

Following the UN's Climate Chnage Conference in Warsaw last month, there has been a lot of discussion about Green Economies, especially in regard to African economies

The idea of a green economy is one that is socially inclusive and maintains a low-carbon efficiency. Defined by the UNEP itself, a green economy is:

one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services."

And the UNEP has argued that in order for green economies to flourish in Africa, national budgets need to increase the money that goes into this area, combined with funding from donors.

Ofcourse it is important to embrace a green initiative to ensure future low-carbon emissions, but if we look to this infographic from The Guardian, the continent is already doing fairly well in terms of Co2 emissions in comparison to the rest of the world.

Infographic for World Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Country

Therefore, the question could be posed- should western based organisations (such as the UN) be able to restrict African countries’ movements in terms of development because of what the West as well as the East has done to contribute to today’s climate fears? Everyone recognises that Africa is in great need of development, and whilst it is obvious that global emissions must be brought down, are we sure imploring African nations to use methods which may not be as economically successful as traditional methods which may be less environmentally friendly.

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