United Nations Environmental Program
Mattawan High School
The effects of climate change are obvious to all; allowing opportunities for counties to make the switch to renewable energy could mean a difference for present and future generations. There are multiple options that can be used to combat the growing issues of climate change and the effects that fossil fuels have on it. A few of many options include solar power, wind energy, tidal power, geothermal, and nuclear power. Solar power has become a very popular option for many as prices are lowering for this option are lowering. However, the environment and climate of the country need to be kept in mind when deciding which option will provide the most energy and benefits. Climate change is affecting the safety of those in many countries, as studies have shown climate change amplifying the intensity of natural disasters. Climate change also has its effects on food production because the change in temperature and rainfall can kill crops from year to year. Thus, climate change has an effect on many aspects of life making it important that steps are taken to combat and prevent it from growing worse.
In an attempt to join the fight, Seychelles joined the 2016 Parris Agreement. For years, Seychelles had relied on unclean energy sources like fossil fuels; however, Seychelles has a policy in place to work towards 15% of its energy coming from renewable sources by 2030. In 2012, wind plants were set up to supply six megawatts of energy to citizens. As recent as June 2019, Seychelles has begun the process of creating floating solar panels in the providence lagoon on Mahé island. The panels will not become functional until 2020, but this shows the commitment Seychelles has to clean energy. Overall, Seychelles has been committed to efforts that support clean energy and will continue to support these efforts in the United Nations.
When resolutions begin to be crafted, it is important to keep in mind the many variables that may make it a struggle for countries to turn to clean and renewable energy. For countries that are not in a position to fund renewable energy plants, it crucial that they are given the funding and materials needed to switch. If a country is not using its funding to take steps toward clean energy, then the funding should lessen or be cut off. Ultimately, cooperation is crucial in the fight against climate change through renewable energy.
- Natalie Tinklenberg