Ethiopia seeks climate change answers from public

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia will conduct a nationwide canvass of opinion to enable people to submit their ideas on how to tackle climate change, state media reported on Tuesday.

The Ethiopian News Agency said the Horn of Africa country’s population would be consulted over two months and the results of the forum would help shape Africa’s position during key talks in Copenhagen in December.

“A global climate change forum will be organised for the public in various parts of the country from September 29 to November 28,” ENA quoted State Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Abera Deressa as saying.

The forum will aim to gather public petitions listing the specific challenges they face due to climate change and some of the solutions they propose to curb its impact on their livelihoods.

“The petition will be input for the climate change conference to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark next December,” the news agency said.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has championed Africa’s cause in global climate change talks, demanding that billions of dollars be paid to the continent in compensation by carbon-intensive rich nations.

African countries also demand that industrialised nations take measures to limit global warming to two degrees celsius and cut emissions by 25 to 40 percent by 2020.

The December 7-18 talks in Copenhagen, under the 192-nation UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), aim to craft a post-2012 pact for curbing the heat-trapping gases that cause global warming.

Source: AFP