Category: Green Technologies

EU ON CLIMATE CHANGE: LEADERS AGREE ON 2050 NEUTRALITY TARGET

Yesterday, I saw this headline on AIT, “EU on Climate Change: Leaders Agree on 2050 Neutrality Target.”  Today, I am compelled to share my perspective about the story.

In line with my Green4Blue theory, there are two distinct approaches required to foster a proper Climate Action across the globe; the agro-approach and the techno-approach. Agro-approach is of the school of thought that planting of more trees to supplement for deforestation and other human activities could mitigate futuristic climate-related hazards. On the other hand, techno-approach believes in the maximization of modern technology and green inventions in combating global warming and other climate-related hazards. A good example of techno-approach is the innovation of renewable energy for eco-friendly power generation, phasing-out of petrol/diesel-driven internal combustion engines and replacing them with zero CO2 emission machines.

In line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the Article 3, Paris Agreement (2015): “each country must determine, plan, and regularly report on the contribution that it undertakes to mitigate global warming”.

Here’s the blunt truth about the narratives; most African nations are currently deploying the agro-approach in mitigating climate change and other related hazards, whereas, most of the developed regions across the globe are currently making pragmatic moves and/or maximizing modern technology in fostering proper climate action. Some are currently maximizing legislative tools and policies in order to actualize their long-term goals within the speculated period of time.

Notably, considering the ongoing global discourse about Climate Change, the EU leaders recently agreed on 2050 neutrality target. Technically, this implies that after the next three decades, the conventional non-eco-friendly technologies might have been phased-out in the European Nations and other developed regions. It also connotes that most of the automotive manufacturers would be producing more electric cars, electric jets and other eco-friendly machines for renewable energies. If care is not taken, African countries would still be at the mercies of these nations and of these outlandish manufacturers through their massive importations of electric vehicles, solar-powered generators and other green machineries. Reason being that most of the African Leaders are currently quiescent in strategizing means to maximize modern technology for proper climate action, only a few are striving to key into this global wave of development. A good example is the proposed Kigali Green City. However, I need to note that fostering a proper climate action is beyond the phenomenon of building a green city. More expositions about this hypothesis are in the Green4Blue theory.

Sideways, we cannot deny the fact that some fully industrialized nations are presently skeptical about signing the Climate Action Pact – for being a potential threat to their economic well-being, until a more efficient, readily available and affordable energy source are discovered for exploitations. Here’s the current controversy, how can we strike a balance between the two discrepancies? How can we #SaveTheWorld from the global warming and other climate hazards without crashing the economy?

The closest answer is to structure a Global Synergy for Green Revolution – through intellectual and expertise exchange in order to innovate eco-friendly technologies, the likes of faster cars with long-mileage, long-lasting renewable energy sources for domestic usage and industrial consumption, while also garnishing the process with the agro-approach.  Have your hand on the Green4Blue Policy Document for more details.

The actualization of the long-awaited industrial revolution in Africa seems to be unfeasible within the next century, if by today we fail to join the rising wave of the global infrastructural shift.

In an attempt to rise up with the current wave of global infrastructural shift, here’s the question; “what step are we currently taking in fostering Green Revolution in Nigeria?” The Vision 2050, a long-term techno-economic development policy document, titled, The #Green4Blue Initiative (Green Tourism for a Blue Economy) is still the best coin-side for Nigeria and other African countries.

In reference to one of my epic quotes; “Future! Future!! Future!!! If by today we fail to prepare something for future, whenever the times, it would prepare anything for us…”

To #SaveTheWorld from global warming and other climate-fueled hazards; the actualization of one of this #GlobalGoals is a collective responsibility and Africa MUST not be left out in the process this time around.

Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon (The Author of NETISM, The Nigerian Green Revolutionist (The Green4Blue Initiative Trailblazer).

Source: https://netism.org/eu-on-climate-change-leaders-agree-on-2050-neutrality-target/

The Green4Blue Initiative gained an International Recognition

This year, thousands of potential prospects across the globe submitted different competition components for the #WBGYouthSummit, themed; “Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future”. Sequel to the submission of my 4-page proposal, titled; “#Green4Blue Initiative (Green Tourism for a Blue Economy)” and with respect to my preceding proliferation of green revolution for global infrastructural shift, I eventually emerged the Nigerian Delegate for the World Bank Global Youth Summit 2019, although, ‘circumstantially’, I would not be participating in the ongoing Summit, slated for today and tomorrow.

The ultimate goal of the international discourse is to instrumentalize ideas and policies that would actualize the 13th Goal (Climate Action) of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals – with the ultimate aim to #SaveTheWorld from Global Warming effects and other climate-related hazards.
However, Deo-Volente, my competition component shall be the theme of my 5th book in 2020, which is the articulating of a Long-term Techno-Economic Development Framework for a Coastal Green City.

The GREEN4BLUE initiative is a Maritime-Green Tourism Project channeled towards the realization of the Paris Agreement Goals – as it is in-line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Under the Article 3, Paris Agreement (2015): “each country must determine, plan, and regularly report on the contribution that it undertakes to mitigate global warming”.

Find & follow the activities of the World Bank Global Youth Summit 2019 via the hashtags: #WGBYouthSummit #SmartCities #Cities4All.

Thank you.

Jawolusi Oluwaseun

Read more at www.netism.org/green4blue 

iDARTS CGC – Interactive Digital Art of a Coastal Green City

Unveiling the Interactive Digital Arts of a Coastal Green City @ iDARTS Page . The localized Web application can serve as an alternative for Google Maps.
Cheers!

The First Nigerian Green City

 

 

 

By Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon – @jawolusi

 

 

TECHNO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIA IN PERSPECTIVE. (Part 1) – By Jawolusi Oluwaseun

Techno-Economic Development: Nigeria in Perspective.  (Part 1)

By Jawolusi Oluwaseun

Keywords: Sustainable Development, Competitive Advantage, Green Technologies, Research-oriented Education, Industrialization, Curriculum Reform, Technology Transfer.

Introduction:

Conventionally, education is a viable human capacity-builder for a sustainable industrial development of any Nation questing for advancement. It goes without saying that the level of scientific/technological development is one of the yardsticks to evaluate the economic well-being of a State. Today, most of the developed nations around the world are being characterized by their export-led economies with respect to the maximization of their distinct competitive advantages – most especially the ones that are known for knowledge-driven global economies. In the recurring processes of disputing the viability of capitalism in fostering economic success of a State: the roles of Government can never be underestimated, most especially in making timely reforms for the pivotal sectors of the economy and instrumentalizing favourable policies for the actors and for the markets through different legislative tools and political orders.

The Advent of Green Technologies:

Most developed countries are currently phasing out the usage of internal combustion engines with the adoption of an eco-friendly mode of energy/power generation. As recently reported by CNN: “Norway is leading the way. About 40% of all cars sold in the country last year were electric or hybrid vehicles. The government’s transportation plan outlines a clear target. All new passenger cars and vans sold in 2025 should be zero-emission vehicles.”  Theoretically, this gesture is aimed at actualizing the Goal 13 (Climate Actions) of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals in an attempt to combat the wailing effects of global warming and other environmental pollutions being inflicted into the society by the usage of different petrol/diesel-driven engines. Prompted by certain reviewed legislative policies, these Governments have already tasked their technological researchers to invent different ‘Green technologies’ within a specified period of time in an attempt to reverse the consequential effects of human activities on their environments. This is what I call a feasible long-term techno-economic development framework – a type that shall not be influenced by political instabilities, citizenry interference and personal interests.

Research-oriented education through the means of curriculum reform: Nigeria in perspective

Considering the Third World Nations, certain Government policies should be dynamic in nature in-line with the updated global demands, most especially in the education sector while considering the acceptable standard of best practices. Practically, there should be reforms in the existing academic curriculum of the Departments of Engineering and Technology of all the concerned Nigerian Universities.  Research-oriented education must be fostered in an attempt to invent our own indigenous green infrastructures for Zero CO2 emission transportation modes and for an eco-friendly energy generation that shall be affordable and readily available for domestic and outlandish consumers. Capacity-building and human capital development, research-oriented education, technology transfer, favourable Government policies, viable capital mobilization channels, Foreign Direct Investments, attitudinal change and global partnership for expertise exchange: This is a clear pathway to attain the long-awaited industrial revolution in Nigeria with the next few decades while also supplementing the United Nations’ efforts to make the world a better place to live in.

For a Nation (Nigeria in perspective) to accomplish a trade balance in the international market, her gross exportation must be greater than (or equal to) her overall importations. In my oft-recited maxim of national development: for Nigeria to conserve her much needed foreign exchange, an export-led economy by the means of value-added industrialization must be stimulated by the co-operations of the public and private players. At this point, it time for us to foster the phenomenon of technology transfer and an export-oriented industrialization in Nigeria – being duly facilitated by global partnership for Foreign Direct Investments.

Actionable steps toward a sustainable industrial development in Nigeria. 

Pragmatically, the foundational step towards a successful industrialization in Nigeria is to reform and develop the education sector as a platform to build-up the necessary human resource capacities for a sustainable techno-economic development. The conventional curriculum systems of education must be dynamic, that is, it must be frequently upgraded with respect to the global demands. For a practical example, attentions should be shifted away from the conventional technologies of 4-strokes gasoline engines to the development of different long-lasting solar-powered motors and electric motors (AC & DC) with high service performance.  However, engineering students should not be denied the opportunities to have a comprehensive knowledge about internal combustion engines but the main focus should be inventions and development of green technologies in-line with the rising global calls. Relative to the United Nations’ policies to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, the various global technology facilitation mechanisms need to come in play in this aspect – by providing modern research and laboratory paraphernalia (accorded with due expertise) to some targeted Universities in the developing countries.

Technology transfer in this context means the conversion of research results into marketable products by investors. Industrial revolution is the process by which a country (with a unique competitive advantage of certain product) yields enough for domestic consumption while also excessively available for exportation. These gestures will undoubtedly strengthen the value of the nation’s currency for higher purchasing power parity (PPP) in the international market, while also facilitating Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), increasing the standard of living of the people, guarding against outrageous National debts, increasing the Nation’s GDP, eradicating poverty through job creations and many other dividends.

Conclusion:

It is high time for Nigeria to leverage on the intellectual resource potentials of her people as a distinct competitive advantage for a sustainable techno-economic development. “The true meaning of development is the improvement of value-added activities that will pay-off in the future” (Bruno, 2014). It is therefore imperative for the Government of any nation seeking a successful industrial growth to invent a long-term techno-economic development blueprint, a type that will not be influenced or halted by political instability and citizenry lawlessness. Bruno Marshall Shirley (2014) once said: “the examples of the Tigers clearly show us an alternative path to development: a strong central government guiding the economy rapidly forward through distinct stages of development until it reaches full industrialization”.

 

Thank You!

JAWOLUSI OLUWASEUN

 

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