The Klottey-Korle MP, Zanetor Rawlings has advocated for a change in the model employed to fight climate change in the country.

The current model in place in combating climate change is government-to-government cooperation.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings said the current model places much emphasis on the executive and therefore should be decentralised to Members of Parliament to make them lead the charge in the climate change fight.

She explained that her assertion is based on the fact that “the MPs are representatives of a part of this country and of their constituents and we have direct contact with our constituents.”

According to the legislator, the MPs have a responsibility to ensure that their constituents have access to climate change mitigation technology and resources.

“Mr. Speaker, the current model that exists of government-to-government co-operation on climate-related matters which over-emphasises the role of the executive at the expense of Members of Parliament needs to be looked at again,” she said while contributing to comments made by colleague MP for Nsawam/Adoagyiri Constituency, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, on issues of Climate Change.

She also suggested for the government to adopt the Ugandan Climate Act, which states that no budget of any ministry, governmental department, or agency will be approved unless the specifics of its impact on climate change and contribution to mitigating climate impact are reviewed.

According to angelonline, Dr Agyemang Rawlings on the floor of the House also called for the push for renewable energy and technology not to be so costly “that it becomes an abstract concept for the average person in our various countries.”

She bemoaned the extent to which Africa suffers from climate change although it is only responsible for 2% of carbon and other harmful emissions.

Due to the aforementioned point, she believes that the European Union (EU) and other more-industrialised nations’ support for African states is more than just a profit motive for them, but also a moral responsibility for those who contribute the most to global pollution to have a greater responsibility to ensure that less industrialized nations have access to affordable and simple climate-preservation technology.

She noted that “as we look towards COP 27 [the 27th annual UN meeting on climate], it is my prayer that we will fight for this continent to ensure that we do not end at the bottom of the food chain yet again as we have been in the whole drive in fossil energy.”

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