September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Climate Change and Public Health

Country: Rwanda
Delegate Name: Adam Bonde

When discussing climate change we are referring to a long-term alteration in our earth’s weather patterns; this generally occurs over decades. There is an array of ways climate change is caused, although the most notable are human actions; for example, the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial processes which all release what are called greenhouse gasses. All of these behaviors lead to not only drastic weather changes but also affect socio-economic endeavors. Rwanda realizes that climate change not only affects the weather but also our own public and personal well-being; namely extreme weather events like heavy rain, and storms can pose an issue for physical safety but also could cause displacement or trauma which yields issues for mental health and feelings of safety. Climate change also causes an uprising in respiratory health like asthma or chronic lung conditions from pollution and a heavy increase in heat.

With all of this in mind, Rwanda has demonstrated a very strong commitment to reconcile these dilemmas, thus creating a multifaceted plan to address climate change and its deadly outcomes. This plan is referred to as the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy, bestowing a comprehensive framework for climate action, renewable energy, the promotion of sustainable agriculture, as well as a ban on plastic bags. Rwanda’s undertakings also provide tree-planting initiatives, Rwanda also engaged with global climate agreements like the Paris Agreement, they strive to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions considerably. The reality of climate change on public health is stark, with worldwide impact severely increasing every day the aspiration to solve all of these issues is undeniably problematic. Though implementing Rwanda’s strategies ungently could largely benefit our goals to eradicate public health concerns.

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