Ethiopia Calls for Global Action on Renewable Energy

By Staff Reporter

UN-EnvironmentOctober 8, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia called for global action on renewable energy and pledged its support for activities on this front, including the United Nations environmental programs.

The country has expressed its concern over the worsening climate change during the annual conference of the United Nation Environment Program which starts today in Nairobi, Kenya.

Environmental Activist, representatives from different countries and various stakeholders were present during the opening of the annual conference.

Representing Ethiopia, Ambassador Meles Alem reflected Ethiopia’s commitment to protect the environment.

Recalling the green legacy, Ambassador Meles spoke about Ethiopia’s’ effort to rebuild and protect the environment when the country planted more than 353 million trees recently.

‘Renewable energies are sources of clean, inexhaustible and increasingly competitive energy, and clean energy development is vital to combating climate change and limiting its most devastating effects, ’ Ambassador Meles Alem said.

Ambassador Meles Alem also said the transition to an energy system based on renewable technologies will have very positive economic consequences.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), doubling the renewable energy share in the world energy mix, to 36% by 2030, will result in additional global growth of 1.1% by that year (equivalent to 1.3 trillion dollars), and an increase in the wellbeing of 3.7% and employment in the sector for more than 24 million people, compared to 9.2 million today.

The climate issue was further stressed by United Nation Environmental Program Director Ingera Anderson who said the global climate change is worsening through time.

‘Impacts from climate change are happening now. These impacts extend well beyond an increase in temperature, affecting ecosystems and communities in the United States and around the world. Things that we depend upon and value such as water, energy, transportation, wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, and human health are experiencing the effects of a changing climate ‘the Director elaborated.

Renewable energy as the most effective tool the world has in the fight against climate change. The participants were urged to put everyone’s feet on the accelerator for tackling climate change.

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