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How could where someone lives affect their opinion about “building back greener”?

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  • To help, you should think about the answers to these questions: can you see the effects of climate change where you live? How?
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Comments (45)

  • global convo icon.png fantastic_moose | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
    04 May 2021

    According to me, people's opinion about building back greener could be affected by natural disasters. Where I live in Eastern Uganda, there have been repeated natural calamities such as mudslides in hilly/mountainous areas. I live near the slopes of Mt. Elgon in Eastern Uganda. Of recent, we have been witnessing mudslides which occur after heavy down rainfall and the soil become weaker. The mudslides usually result into death of many people, destruction of property, bridges are washed away hence cutting off transport and communication among others.
    When experts visit places affected by these mudslides, the always point out that the continuous cutting down trees by locals has left the soils bear and weak. The experts have encouraged people to plant trees and because the affected people have seen the adverse effects of mudslides, they have started complying by planting trees. Others have left occupying steep slopes to go and live in areas which are fairly flat and not prone to mudlides, for fear of their lives. This therefore will allow places which had been degraded by human activities like ove grazing and over cultivation to regain fertility and allow trees to grow. The government has also constructed set aside safe places for reseetling the survivors of mudslides.
    I therefore conclude that natural disasters can in some places can affect their opinion about building back greener.
    fantastic_moose.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      fantastic_moose's comment 04 May 2021

      This is a very insightful explanation of the issues where you live and it is interesting to hear the consequences both positive (tree planting) and negative (migration). It sounds like a combined effort between government, organisations and individuals here. Who do you think is most responsible?

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      1. global convo icon.png steadfast_flute | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 04 May 2021

        I think the individuals are most responsible because the calamities named by fantastic_moose, affects them (individuals) directly.

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    2. global convo icon.png quickwitted_artist | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
      fantastic_moose's comment 05 May 2021

      That's very true because natural calamities come abruptly and there is no way to control them in case they come up

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    3. global convo icon.png amazing_personality | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
      fantastic_moose's comment 06 May 2021

      That is very true because in my community where I live we have almost the same issue, we have been experiencing floods which lead to destruction of people's crops, houses and properties and now, some families are deserting wet lands and are no longer cultivating there.

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      1. global convo icon.png loving_tuba | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
        amazing_personality's comment 06 May 2021

        in my area were l stay people are losing their lives because of mud slides and floods so l think that these people should desert from using wetlands.

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  • global convo icon.png amazing_personality | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
    04 May 2021

    People's opinion about building back greener could be affected by poverty.Where I live, many people are poor peasants who survive from "hand to mouth" (they dont save money for future use). Because of poverty, some people have ended up engaging in businesses that do not support the environment such as charcoal burning and selling. The people who burn caharcoal usually cut down trees without replacement. To them, what happens now is what is important. Infact, some of them reason that the future will take care of itself.

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    1. global convo icon.png quickwitted_artist | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
      amazing_personality's comment 05 May 2021

      oh my, indeed most people use the saying of 'tomorrow will worry about itself.

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  • global convo icon.png interesting_road | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
    04 May 2021

    I think why people's opinion about building back greener is affected is because of stress about how they will go through their life time especially during this pandemic

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    1. global-conversation.png flourished_thought | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      interesting_road's comment 05 May 2021

      Hello , all what you say was right, but don't you think t some people do not take the situation seriously, that is ,do not appreciate how dangerous it is ?!

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  • global-conversation.png flourished_thought | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 May 2021

    I live in Palestine (Gaza) and it is the region most affected by climate change in Palestine where the three wars over it contributed to the high rate of air pollution with toxic gases and dust resulting from use of bombs and rocket - propelied grenades .and consequently l witnessed a great changein the climate during the past 15 years .
    On the level of food security in Palestine , it has been greatly affected in previous seasons as a result of climate change as heavy rain and snow spells led to the death of poultry , sheep and cows on farms, and this led to high prices in specific seasons and in some areas led to the spread of drought .
    So I don't think that building back greener Will be easy because if we decide to rebuild , we will have negative impacts of climate change that prevent us from that ,so we must First to try to correct the effects of climate change in order to be able to rebuild, but l think it will be very expensive and l do not think that most of people understand and appreciate of climate change , but if we strive and work together we will certainly succeed .

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  • global-conversation.png flourished_thought | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 May 2021

    Hello , I completely agree with what you say because this is our real reality and what is happening with the farmers , l hope this situation will improve .

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  • global convo icon.png quickwitted_artist | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
    05 May 2021

    To a larger extent, I don't think stress can really stop affect people from building back greener simply because, one can easily relieve off their stress and together with others, find a way of building back greener.

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  • global-conversation.png open_knowledge | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 May 2021

    In my country, especially Gaza City, we do not clearly notice climate change because overall there is no emission of polluting gases as in industrial cities, and the nature of the Palestinian economy depends greatly on agriculture, meaning it is environmentally friendly. rains and climate are moderate, and this almost prevails in of the Arab world and the Middle East
    It is true that we noticed some changes, such as the extinction of some animals such as wild deer, but they were not significant changes as in developed countries
    We are among the countries that need less measures to rebuild greener
    But if I live in Japan, for example, or the United States of America, my opinion will completely change and I will support building back greener, because its effects will be clear and eloquent, then fires and hurricanes will occur, vegetation will decrease due to urban sprawl and factories will increase, therefore harmful gases in the atmosphere will increase and the rate of global warming will increase. And there will become acid rain resulting from the interaction of harmful gases with rain, which leads to the death of fish and trees, the destruction of homes and statues, in addition to an increase in harmful wastes resulting from industries, which will increase pollution
    This clearly shows how where a person lives around their opinion affects building back greener.

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  • global-conversation.png open_knowledge | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 May 2021

    How can the place where someone lives affect their opinion about building back greener ??
    There are several factors that make people have different opinions about building back greener, the most important of which is the location
    I'll explain this with an example:
    Those who live in rural areas and fields will not care to building back greener because the climate change in those areas is little, so there are no clear impacts of climate change around it, such as acid rain, but those who live in industrial cities such as London and Beijing will not have the same The opinion, but his opinion will be different, as he sees the size of the danger that threatens the earth, as he sees around him directly the volume of harmful gases that are emitted daily from factories and airplanes and increase the amount of greenhouse gases.
    And he sees animals becoming extinct one type after another, acid rain destroys buildings and trees, killing fish, and
    increases polluting materials such as plastic , and extreme weather occurs, for example, hurricanes and fires, and vegetation decreases due to urban sprawl
    When he sees all this around him, he will support a building back greener by all means and in various ways, in accordance with his interests and benefits.
    Whatever I want to reach in the end is that what a person sees around him is what determines his opinion of the direction of the issue of climate change and building back greener

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    1. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      open_knowledge's comment 06 May 2021

      But what about when industrialization threatens to over rule those rural areas and fields, what can be done?
      Irrespective of the circumstances, all should be concerned with climate change and make preparations to help the unaffected areas to remain unaffected and to revive the damaged areas.

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      1. global-conversation.png open_knowledge | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        spontaneous_molecule's comment 07 May 2021

        But instead of helping the unaffected areas not to be affected and reviving the affected areas, you are helping the affected areas to become like non-affected areas.

        The meaning of my words is, instead of protecting the positive from the negative, it can transform that negative and positive thing.

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  • global-conversation.png open_knowledge | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 May 2021

    How does the place in which a person live affect their opinion of building back greener ??
    1. If a person lives in a place whose economy depends heavily on agriculture, then he will not be bothering to building back more greener because the climate change in those areas will be little, but whoever lives in an industrial city whose economy depends heavily on industries and oil here, people's opinions will be divided into two parts:
    There are those who will encourage the idea of building back greener because they see the extent of the danger and pollution that is around them
    And there are those who will not care about that because the most important thing in his view is to meet his interests and needs without caring for the environment, and if he had cared about the environment and cared about it, we would not have reached this level of climate change and pollution.
    2. If a person lives in an environmentally conscious place, he will support building back greener, but if he lives in a developing country with ignorance towards the environment, he did not care for that.
    3. If a person lives in a place with a high economic level, that is, available for him all the basics of life, he will support a building back greener, but if he lives in a developing country, he will not care and his first concern will be to provide the basic requirements of life.

    In short, I see that the things in the place that most influence the human opinion about rebuilding are greener:
    1. The level of development and scientific progress in the place
    2. The level of economic activity in the place
    3. The type of economic activity this place depends on
    4. The degree of environmental awareness in the place
    5. What the person sees around him in the place

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      open_knowledge's comment 05 May 2021

      Can you spot any assumptions you've made? For example, is it fair to say someone from a developing country will not care about climate change? Can they both care about it but also have more pressing priorities?

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      1. global convo icon.png adept_alligator | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
        Tiff @ the BNC's comment 06 May 2021

        No, someone from a developed country will not care about climate change

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        1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
          adept_alligator's comment 06 May 2021

          What makes you think this is true?

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        2. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
          adept_alligator's comment 06 May 2021

          I would have to disagree with that. The people in developed countries not only have access to more information on the dangers of climate change but they also have possession of better resources to combat it and spread awareness, so it is not true to say that people in developed countries do not care about climate change.
          As for the main comment I also disagree with the notion that "if he lives in a developing country, he will not care because his first priority will be to meet the basic needs of lie." Yes, one will also need to take care of himself and majority of the people in rural areas do so through subsistence farming, I once went to my village and found that they had a higher appreciation for the environment that we that livd in the city. I just mean to say that not everyone in a developing country is concerned with meeting the "basic necessities" of life.

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  • global-conversation.png resilient_dusk | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 May 2021

    In my country, Palestine, the climate change is slight or the effects of climate change are small in relation to other countries, but they are present , It is located in the eastern Mediterranean region, which is affected by the climate greatly in the opinion of the thing that may affect people's opinion in terms of the construction process. More greener are its negative effects.People will experience these negative effects and see these effects on their lives and return to a greener building process that aims to erase these traces from their lives. (Note that most of the impacts may be related to the water and agricultural fields. These two areas are among the most affected areas in Palestine due to climate change.) , 1- The instability of the rainfall rate
    2- Desertification
    3- Droughts
    4- Thunderstorms harmful to agriculture
    5- Frost waves
    6- Increasing the salinity of irrigation water
    7- Increasing the number of summer days , These effects have led to many disasters that many of us may not know, such as the decrease in the percentage of olive harvest in half, estimated at 20 thousand tons, now it has become only 10 thousand tons , Vegetable growers lose half of their crops due to the high temperature, and also grape growers say that this year the grape harvest will not be large because the trees have not produced their leaves and fruits due to the lack of low-temperature days in early springNow, that people have witnessed what happened due to climate change, I think they should start the process of building greener that some institutions have started, like
    1- Planting trees
    2- Using environmentally friendly materials
    3- Expert support for recycling and others So in my opinion, these effects could change the opinion of all people in all parts of the world about the climate and the greener building process

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    1. global convo icon.png loving_tuba | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
      resilient_dusk's comment 06 May 2021

      yes l agree with your opinion but to add on that people should stop polluting water bodies which makes the formation of rain difficult .

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  • global-conversation.png enigmatic_technology | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 May 2021

    The place in which a person lives makes this person his own view and a different view about many things, climate change its impact varies from one region to another, for example the effect of climate change in the village is not the same as in the city, so people see a building back greener differently, there is who sees it as important because of the impact of climate change is dangerous in the place in which he lives, and there are those who see it as not that important because the effects of climate change are not clear and not large compared to other regions, for example in my country Palestine I have never heard of ordinary people discussing change Climate and about building back greener, because the effects of climate change are not clear to people and not as great as in other countries, because we in Palestine over time people use less fossil fuels, because of its high price, also we are a country that is not industrially advanced, therefore the impact of factories on the climate is little in Palestine, undoubtedly the situation differs in your country, so your view and opinion about building back greener differs from me and from the rest of the countries, but the educated people who get to know the countries of the world and the environmental problem on a large scale may have a different opinion than the opinion of people in the same region, because he sees things in a broad way and their impact on all countries of the world, for example scientists, what if scientists depend on their theories and views about environmental problems on the area in which each scientist lives separately, then we will have knowledge in different countries and in different ways.

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  • global convo icon.png amazing_personality | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
    06 May 2021

    I think one other thing that can affect people's opinion about building back greener is shortage of land and limited resources because in my area where I live, that is, Tororo District Eastern Uganda, the community highly depends on subsistence farming and yet the land available is not enough for the growing population since most families are polygamous, the community therefore preferred crop growing which is short termed to tree planting which is long termed as a way of surviving. The availability of industries like Tororo Cement, Simba Cement and Hima Cement and companies like Dong Song that took over most of the land from the community members, stir up the whole issue, forcing members of the community to clear the available bush/forests and wetlands for settlement and cultivation, solving one problem in most cases leads to another, after a year the seasons changed resulting to poor yields as farmers could no longer plan appropriately, there was also prolonged drought in the course of the year and thus famine broke out since families could no longer cater for the needs of its members. This also forced some members of the community to resort into charcoal selling and brick laying so as to provide for their needs, all these activities hindered the idea of "building back greener" since it encouraged deforestation and never did they ever think of replacing the trees.
    However, all these may come to pass because so far three sub-counties have been hit by a great storm and floods, leaving people in tears as crops, houses, property and dear ones were lost. Currently there is high sensitization in regards to use of wetlands and tree planting over the radio including churches, some people have tried to plant trees round the boundaries of their land to act as wind breakers. The government has also tried to carry out sensitization on the use of wetlands and some people where at one time advised to relocate from the wet lands though they still resist since they do not have where to go. The companies especially Dong Song, Standard Gauge Railway, to mention but a few have been compensating those whose pieces of land have been occupied by them to enable them relocate to safer areas.
    All these make me belive that "Shortage of Land" can affect one's opinion of "Building Back Greener" and if the available pieces of land could balance with the total population in an area like in the old days of our Grand Parents when there was plenty of land then we would see the "Green"picture of the world back again.
    Thank you.
    amazing personality

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  • global-conversation.png rhetorical_location | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    06 May 2021

    Happy to be in this cluster and by the way I like turtles and I want to make them safe because they are suffering a lot because of pollution and we only feel they are in danger when they stop doing their important task in the environment which is eating jellyfish that can harm swimmers. Now we realise their importance. Likewise People will act or feel the impact of something when it touches them directly. Now we feel that our food is threatened and we no longer feel safe, we may starve because of droughts or floods that damage corps. Industry gives jobs but global warming takes lives because of extreme weather. When covid 19 was in Asia we didn't care about it in Africa, we didn't take our precautions until it reached our lands then we figured out that it is really dangerous, same thing for Climate change effects on us we are only disturbed when it affects us and it is doing right now and the effects are on our health, our food and our whole existence.

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    1. global convo icon.png cheerful_meerkat | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
      rhetorical_location's comment 06 May 2021

      Yeah,water pollution really affects aquatic animals ..The water pollutants trap them and they can easily be suffocated and die .As you said , turtles play a really important job in the water.Really now, the aquatic food we usually rely on is in danger .If we don't stop polluting water,we'll all be affected .If we continue polluting water ,we'll be hit by three great disasters. COVID 19 ,hunger and climate change.So, we all better stop polluting water.And hunger can also be caused by drought , floods or mudslides.And the drought is caused by global warming .As per now, wetlands are drying up because of extreme heat.Global warming is terribly killing many.And to make matters worse, Corona Virus and climate change are speeding up death rates.As we talk now ,climate change effects are terribly striking our food and lives.

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  • global convo icon.png loving_tuba | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
    06 May 2021

    According to me ,people 's opinion about building greener could be affected by man's economic activities because looking at my home country here in Uganda specifically my home district, people's income are based on Agriculture (i.e Rice, Sugar Cane growing etc), charcoal selling, carpentry and many others. all these activities speak against a "green environment" because rice and sugar cane are planted in wetlands, a charcoal seller and carpentry does well when trees are cut but the biggest challenge here is that trees are cut and not even one will ever be replaced.
    In the long run, the whole village turned into fire when the forested land became bear while the wetlands turned into dry lands due to prolonged drought since agents of rain where displaced by man in search for survival causing more harm than good that is Instead of the two seasons, we began experiencing one season a year calling for both community and government's concern as the community members were not only in famine but in total poverty.
    However since 2018, a government project was introduced to support farmers' activities, they were given seeds, solar water pumps and all the neccessary inputs on condition that they leave the wetlands and use the appropriate portions of land. Charcoal selling was burned while those cutting down trees were to first plant 5 seedlings for each tree, wait for 2 years before cutting the old trees as the planted ones reach a mature stage, other wise they were to be arrested. These government policies has helped to maintain the green structure of our district and also improved the peoples' economic standards.
    It is in this that I say that people's opinion about building back greener could be affected by Man's Economic activities.

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    1. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      loving_tuba's comment 06 May 2021

      I wish that my government would implement something of this sort not just for trees but also for waste disposal. A lot of indiscriminate dumping of refuse takes place. And sometimes when things are difficult the government turns a blind eye. My grandma lives in Bukuru a relatively nice looking environment but a large pile of reuse stood out like an eyesore just around the corner of her house, and even though we tried severally to get the appropriate authorities to do something about it, it ended up being set on fire. At the time it didn't bother me, but now I wonder how much the ozone layer in that area suffered.

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  • global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    06 May 2021

    People opinions about building back greener could be affected by where they live. this is true for example if I lived in a place like Switzerland where the government is constantly pushing for ways to reduce the damage done to its environment by:
    - Reducing carbon emissions by encouraging the citizens to walk or ride bicycles
    - Calling on experts to help in waste management
    - Adopting proper disposal techniques
    - Even going as far to get an app to help the people properly manage their waste.
    I would be very environmentally conscious and would already have the habits of taking care of my environment in me, but as I live in Nigeria, a place with not so many activists pushing for change and even fewer listeners. I honestly didn't really know much about the changes going on in the environment up until last year and the BNC made me realize that it may be even more threatening than I thought. So in some ways where you live actually influences your opinion on building back greener.

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  • global-conversation.png neat_blueberry | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    06 May 2021

    I may somehow disagree with most of you here. I don't think that the place where someone lives is the only factor that make him feel the harm climate change is causing or may cause. Eco friendly citizens who believe in the Global citizens and care about every person and all species on Earth never waits until a catastrophe to happen next door to take action or understand what is happening. I strongly think that we should be all activists as mankind is like one building if one brick is damaged all the building will suffer sooner or later. In this Global conversation on the Hub I feel am living all over the world as we share the same cares and we talk about almost the same issues and effects of climate change. We are heading to a global effect felt the same way everywhere in the world if we don't support each others no matter where we are.

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  • global-conversation.png victorious_apple | Anqoun Intermediate Public School | Lebanon
    06 May 2021

    People's opinion about building back greener could be affected several conditions like other's opinion and where they live .For example ,the person who thinks and organize his ideas in a good way , he can influence on the other's and correct their wrong wqys of thinking . But sometimes the person who has wrong ideas and thinks in a bad way harm for the environment and more easier for people influence on the other's opinion who is lazy and uncarefully to agree with her ,which leads to a huge damage in the environment caused by the human's wrong actions and it makes the country less greener . Moreover , people's opinion about building back greener could be affected by where they live . Because each country and area is facing a problem and a pendamic including climate changes different from the other. So each person may use the best way which is usefull for the government , individual people and environment at the same time to solve the problem . Also , where I live in Lebanon my country is facing a global worming due to the pollution . In general our country may pass through four seasons in the year , but today we have been faced two seasons only due to the increasing in the tempreture of the atmosphere . This is the simplest problem that our country faced . To conclude , we should build back greener now to avoide his negative effects in the future .

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  • global-conversation.png grounded_petal | Buziga Islamic Primary School | Uganda
    06 May 2021

    Hello again, I’m grounded_petal and this is how I think where someone lives affect their opinion about ‘building back greener’.
    Let me firstly talk specifically about my country Uganda because of its high risk to natural disasters.
    The country experiences extreme weather events which lead to mudslides, landslides and flooding particularly for the country’s mountain regions and related districts such as Mbale in the mountain Elgon region.

    Each year, floods impact nearly 50,000 people and costs over 62 million dollars. Over the past two decades, an average 0f 200,000 Ugandans are affected each year by disasters. Uganda’s vulnerability is exacerbated due to its high level of poverty.

    On 12 December 2019, Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), launched a DREF operation in response to landslide events which occurred following prolonged rainfall from 29 November and 3 December 2019 in the districts of Mbale and Bududa in Eastern Region of Uganda. These landslides affected 380 households (1,900 people). These landslides occurred in the broader context of extensive flooding across the whole of Uganda, which started in October and continued throughout December 2019.

    Within the same period, Uganda had experienced another major flood and landslide in the Western region of Bundibugyo with 4,436HH 30,919 individuals (14,873Males and 16,046 Females) affected with 2,450 of those displaced and living in the two camps of Simuliki and Bubukwanga camps according to the situation analysis of the Uganda Landslides report.

    In some other places like the Philippines and china that are at the greatest risk to the massive effects of climate change, people lost lives and greater numbers still suffer from displacement due to floods and other extreme weather disasters.

    Let’s take a sincere, sympathetic and empathetic look at the TUVALU ISLANDS. Tuvalu is one of the smallest countries with the population of approximately 11,000 residents. The Island country is massively affected by mostly the rise in water levels and ocean acidification whereby its people will have difficulties in agriculture.

    In the future, sea level rise may threaten to submerge the nation entirely as it is estimated that a sea level rise of 20–40 centimetres (7.9–15.7 inches) in the next 100 years could make Tuvalu uninhabitable.
    Floods used to occur twice a year. Now it is every month. One of the smallest islands, called Te Pukasavilivili actually disappeared in 1997. How many are yet to disappear if climate change isn’t stopped at all?

    This is how people’s opinions may differ according to where they live. A person from BUDUDA and MBALE in Uganda will have the vigor and strength to build back greener. As well, the displaced people in the TUVALU ISLANDS and the Philippines will also strongly support building back greener.

    Unlike the affected ones, the ones who are in places or countries least affected by climate change are likely not to even mind what climate change is and how it is greatly destructive, fatal and utterly dangerous to the world at large.

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  • global-conversation.png selfreliant_raccoon | Buziga Islamic Primary School | Uganda
    07 May 2021

    Hello,
    Where someone lives greatly affects their opinions about building back greener. This is how. Let us start with the people who live in countries which have ever been affected by climate change like the Philippines, Bangladesh among others who will give positive opinions about building back greener. These people really are affected by massive disasters such as earthquakes, tornados and floods. Such disasters take numbers of people’s lives and destroy property leading to displacement. The rise in the sea levels have greatly affected more Island countries.

    Many small island nations will be catastrophically affected by sea-level rises in the future, including The Bahamas, which was devastated by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. Most of Grand Bahama, including Nassau, Abaco and Spanish Wells are projected to be underwater by 2050 because of climate change.

    Bangladesh, Philippines, and Japan have the highest number of reported tornadoes in Asia. The single deadliest tornado in recorded history struck the Manikganj District of Bangladesh on April 26, 1989, killing an estimated 1,300 people, injuring 12,000, and leaving approximately 80,000 people homeless.

    Asian countries experience almost all the enormous effects of climate change, Serious droughts happen again and again in China, India, Australia, Chile, Bolivia, Ethiopia, and the Philippines (Woods and Woods, 2007). From early 2000 onwards severe droughts affected vast areas of South Asia, including Western India, Southern and Central Pakistan.

    According to the World Health Organization, An estimated 55 million people globally are affected by droughts every year, and they are the most serious hazard to livestock and crops in nearly every part of the world. Drought threatens people’s livelihoods, increases the risk of disease and death, and fuels mass migration. Water scarcity impacts 40% of the world’s population, and as many as 700 million people are at-risk of being displaced as a result of drought by 2030.
    The really harsh conditions most people in some places around the world surely compel them to their strong devotion to build back greener.

    No place on Earth is immune from the consequences of climate change, but some regions do fare better than others. Some people in these places may not care much about building back greener mainly because of the less impacts of climate change in their areas and of course with less knowledge about it.

    So I think the more or the awareness and the knowledge or experience about the outcomes of climate change, the more positivity about the opinions to ‘build back greener’.
    Selfreliant_raccoon

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    1. global convo icon.png secure_hurricane | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
      selfreliant_raccoon's comment 07 May 2021

      That is great selfreliant_raccoon,
      Lack of knowledge and experience about the outcomes of climate change is one of the factors hindering peoples' opinion in building back greener because if am to flash back to our country here, Uganda, most of the citizens i.e 80% highly depend on agriculture particularly crop growing, and these are the very people fighting against the beautiful environment by destroying the natural resources by caring out other activities like charcoal selling, brick laying, cultivating in wetlands and bush burning which pollutes and destroys the green nature of the environment in the names of extra cash.
      But at the end of the day, you find that the seasons have changed, draught becomes an alarming issue, poor harvest are realised and thus poverty breaks out and the very people are again complaining, crying and calling for government's attention and rescue.
      lack of awareness and knowledge about the importance anf effects of building greener is the biggest challege we are facing in our communities and if not mistaken the entire world and therefore serious sensitization is needed especially in rural areas and even the urban centers where pollution is highly rated due to industrialization.
      Regards, secure_hurricane

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        secure_hurricane's comment 07 May 2021

        How do you think awareness and education around climate change should be managed?

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    2. global-conversation.png victorious_apple | Anqoun Intermediate Public School | Lebanon
      selfreliant_raccoon's comment 07 May 2021

      I agree with you so that if there is no direct impact of climate change, there is no caring about it. Then the opinions about building back greener won't be too positive.

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  • global-conversation.png fierce_information | Rel Khadhra Preparatory School | Tunisia
    07 May 2021

    The places we live in differ depending on the climate, the economy of the country and the business activity, which is why people's opinions are not the same . In some countries , the weather is always hot even in winter , so they don't see the effects of climate change . But in other places it's always under 0° , so they see the change because the ice melt .An informed person is more apt and has a greater chance of acting than a misinformed or uninformed person . In my country , Tunisia , the rate of global warming is high . We can see waste anywhere . But most of people don't act enough because our economy is low and people don't have the money to feed their family . If our economy was high , we would build back greener . That's how could where someone lives affect their opinion about “building back greener”

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  • global convo icon.png secure_hurricane | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
    07 May 2021

    If am to cite at karamoja region in the North Eastern part of Uganda, i think the Government influence matters a lot and could affect people's opinion in building back greener.
    The karamojong are nomadic agro-pastralists known for their love of cattle and their resistence to the trapping of mordern civilisation.
    Unlike the rest of the country with bimodal rainfall pattern, karamoja receives mono-model rainfall pattern with one planting season. however the rain is not reliable and in many years sparse or fail thus drought and hunger are the common features in Karamoja.
    In terms of economic activity, the region depends on cattle keeping, mining and trading in agriculture produce with neighbouring districts.
    However, human welfare, living conditions and quality of life of the people in Karamoja have declined considerably due to various factors such as environmental issues, insecurity, illiteracy, poor health and poor infrastructure. The districts of Karamoja region have the highest human poverty indices with Nakapiripirit and Moroto districts having the highest percentage. The main factors responsible for poverty include persistent poor harvest as a result of droughts, cattle rustling and insecurity, animal death, lack of water, poor farming practices, ill health, lack of skills and unemployment, limited sources of income and poor governance. But the climate variability and change undermine the already limited resources and development in Karamoja, through recurring droughts, floods and prolonged dry spell.
    The 1980 famine in Karamoja was of the worst in history leaving 25% of the population dead, including 60% of the infants. the rest remained heavily dependant on the largesse of the United Nation's WFP (World food Program). in 2011 in awake of the severe 2011 East Africa drught, food shortage were reported in the region as well as other areas in nothern and eastern uganda. Karamoja and Bulambuli was among the worst hit areas.
    Drought and dry spells affect farmers and food shortages for the population and their live stock it always accompanied by a heat wave causing deaths and illnesses.
    As private ownership of firearms, severe enviromental degradation, cattle raiding to mention but a few, have been the major constraits of development of karamoja, the government of Uganda has so far managed to restore the security of Karamoja, cooled down the issue of cattle raiding by introducing several policies and programs using both peace full and confrontation means, so as to improve on the economic development of the region using the UPDF (Uganda People's Defnec Force). As per now, Karamoja region which used to be the most hostile area in Uganda is one of the places receiving good number of tourists all over the world.
    Following this if the government of Uganda could also launch a program focusing on building a green Karamoja, I think this would be successful and would solve the problem of prolonged dry spell and drought, and Karamoja would be better than it is now.

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  • global-conversation.png fascinating_snail | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 May 2021

    In my opinion, it is possible that the place in which a person lives may influence his opinion of rebuilding life greener, according to my experience in my homeland of Palestine, where wastewater flowed about a year or less ago in the seas and waters supervised by Palestine. Its water became polluted and unhealthy, and plants were irrigated from water contaminated with sewage water, causing serious diseases, as people used to go to the sea in the summer, but they did not swim. They used to warn their children against swimming, and I was one of the children who warned their parents, and this was for their safety, and here the government decided to do something which is that it prevents people from going to the beach, and tried all means and means to prevent the flow of sewage into the sea and water, and the municipality repaired all the sewage networks Health.People had to cut down trees irrigated with polluted water, and plant and preserve them. In my opinion, it is possible for the place and its circumstances to influence opinion about rebuilding life in a greener way

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  • global-conversation.png giving_bell | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 May 2021

    People's opinion about a building back greener can be influenced by the place they live in because there are many circumstances that speak their opinions, since I live in Palestine, there are different opinions about a building back greener, some people demand the need for a building back greener at the present time, a desire to improve the climatic and environmental conditions because they are They are aware of the extent of the danger we are presenting. If the situation continues as it is, the problems will exacerbate and become difficult to control, and on the other hand there are opinions calling for the postponement of the building back greener until the improvement of economic conditions because it is not possible to build back greener in the absence of the necessary funds Therefore, there are opinions that are not originally interested in building back greener as much as they are interested in securing a job and securing food for her family, where she says that food is much more important than a building back greener, but I contradict this opinion because I believe in building back greener is the best solution as it will reduce problems Climate and environment, and thus this will be reflected in our personal life in terms of increasing green areas, increasing agriculture, and thus providing food security in my country of Palestine and in the whole world.

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