Protecting the planet is our obligation as people who live on it, utilize resources that come from it, and more importantly, have contributed to the damage that has been caused. It is devastating areas where people live and now have to migrate from, it is causing catastrophic damage to areas that normally maintain a certain temperature, and it is affecting the air that we breathe and water we drink. While many still speculate on the validity of climate change, things are being done to discuss it, develop potenital solutions, and manage current efforts.
The UN has made efforts to address climate change by including it in their gobal issues section of their website. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was birthed with the efforts of a recognized meterological and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (UN.org) It is good to see that one of the largest organizations that is comprised of many countries are recognizing the problem and making strides to address the issues. The question is, how effective is it? I believe it’s one thing to acknowledge it, but another to act accordingly. A problem I foresee is the countries fighting to find way to collaborate without it disadvantaging another. Also, some countries may feel that others are making more of a negative impact, rather than analyzing their own footprint. A site with information cannot completely denote a consensus on the issue by the member countries. It more so means that it has been brought up and it is likely that some countries are taking it into account to various extents.
In regards to Thailand, climate change is causing a negative effect on agriculture. Rice, which is Thailand’s traditional crop and main export has been put at risk. Due to floods and droughts, farming is slowly dwindling. “Thailand suffered more than $1.75 billion in economic losses related to floods, storms, and droughts from 1989-2002” (Kawasaki, 2010) If 13 years of agricultural suffering has caused that much money in damage, just picture what that number is today and will continue to grow to. A vast majority of residents count on it, other countries count on it, and it is at risk of being a exhausted resource. In an attempt to compensate for the loss, Thailand has been genetically modifying rice to withstand deep water unlike naturally grown rice. “New drought-resistant rice varieties — RD12 for glutinous and RD33 for non-glutinous rice — are also being produced with the application of DNA technology and distributed to drought affected areas.” (Kawasaki, 2010) While, this may be one way of compensating the drought and flood issues in farming, countries should not have to go to this extreme just to maintain a sense of control over this issue. Genetic modification has not necessarily something many are safe with consuming. Many will argue that it may cause health problems and just overall be unhealthy. Many consumers today are becoming more cautious about buying foods that are genetically modified. Is this really a viable solution or should we be trying to fight climate change? In an article linking GMOs to climate change, it is mentioned that, “If we do nothing to slow the effects of climate change, we risk a global food shortage that will affect us all.” (Grimm, 2017)
Greenpeace is active in Thailand. According to their website, they are an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. (Greenpeace.org) They operate in various countries to spread awareness about climate change and push for alternatives. They also strive to end nuclear threats among nations, which can be a driving force for keeping important issues like climate change last on the list of discussions. It can also be inferred that many producers of nuclear weapons harm the environment in the process of creation and launching weapons that can devastate countries.