THE COP AND THE ROLE WE ARE PLAYING AT BASSCOMM
Earlier in November, world leaders around the world gathered for what will become the 27th Conference of the Parties. The conference took place from November 6 – 18 in Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt. It was the first time the conference would be held on the shores of Africa.
A Brief Background Into the COP
The COP was the brainchild of the Rio Earth Conference of 1992. It was established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) as the supreme body of the Convention and as an association of all the countries that formed a part of it. The annual conferences which are held at various major cities around the world are attended by environmental experts, government ministers, heads of state and concerned non-governmental organizations. Its main objective was to ‘stabilize the concentration of GHGs (Greenhouse gases)’ in the atmosphere as research by scientists at the time was beginning to show how badly the gases were affecting the planet.
The very first COP conference was held in Berlin in Germany in 1995, and today, it is widely recognized as the biggest event of world leaders, environmental experts and other stakeholders in the war against climate change.
Why is the COP Necessary?
In view of what has been happening globally, the COP has become more necessary than ever. This is because, climatic conditions have become more unpredictable, unstable and by extension more hostile. There are more occurrences of earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and heatwaves amongst other issues that are making the earth increasingly inhabitable. As such, there is a need for a global initiative to help bring the global community together to make decisive actions that can help halt the rate of global warming and every other activity that contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases which damage the ozone layer. Without a doubt, the fight against climate change is a huge one as the existence of mankind is dependent on it. It is therefore not one that a single nation or a few nations will embark on without the support of others.
An all-hands-on-deck approach is very much needed, and this is where the COP comes in. through the COP, various agreements that are pivotal in the fight against climate change – particularly the Net Zero agreement reached in Paris in 2015 – have been engineered and promoted. At the same time, it has become easier to identify the problems of climate change, know the countries working actively towards it and vice versa, while also being an important platform to help call out stakeholders that are not taking proper action towards the protection of the earth and the prevention of the worsening of climate change.
Nigeria’s role in climate change
Despite what it might seem like, Climate change is indeed a global problem, and Nigeria is not left out of its adverse effects. Perhaps, nothing drives home this message more than the current levels of unprecedented flooding that have affected a lot of states in Nigeria, crippled businesses, and led to the loss of lives and destruction of property. As such, even Nigeria has to take action against climate change to avoid unprecedented damage to the nation and its resources. In fact, there is a plan in place to transition Nigeria to Net Zero too, including a national gas plan.
Our role in climate change.
At Basscomm, we very much understand the gravity of climate change and how devastating it can be to every one of us if the situation is not nipped in the bud. As such, we have decided that as stakeholders in the war against climate change, it is our duty to reduce carbon emissions on the planet and help promote environmental sustainability. To this end, we are heavily invested in providing power to various households in Nigeria at pocket-friendly costs, while reducing noise, emissions and all of that from your end.