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Do all countries have equal responsibility to “build back greener”? Why / why not?

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  • global-conversation.png healthy_tennis | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    10 May 2021

    I think countries do have equal responsibility to "build back greener" because Everyone lives on the same planet and everyone has a role in his goodness or corruption, so it is a duty for everyone, but each of them works within the limits of his capabilities, but what I really think is that everyone should strive, even if by planting a tree

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    1. global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      healthy_tennis's comment 10 May 2021

      Distinctive thinking, but don't you think that circumstances play a role in our duty towards the environment ??
      Since not all people own land to plant a tree, and most importantly, not everyone has an environmental awareness , Not having an environmental awareness is the fault of the state and this error cannot be completely fixed , Whoever grows up on a principle, no one can change it

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      1. global-conversation.png healthy_tennis | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        nice_desert's comment 10 May 2021

        Thanks for your remark, I agree with you that circumstances play a big role in our duty towards the environment, but for those who do not own land to plant a tree can stop smoking, the intention is that whoever does not have the means to defend the climate by providing something can stop something, and I completely agree with you We do not have environmental awareness, because we do not see media coverage of the climate issue in order to educate people in our country, but I do not agree with you that this error cannot be corrected, because if we keep thinking that the error cannot be corrected, we will perish soon, but if we think positively that we can Save the situation and it's time to wake up from those nightmares. We will really work hard for that.
        Hope you accept my opinion.

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        1. global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
          healthy_tennis's comment 11 May 2021

          It is very difficult to leave an adjective imprinted in us, but it is not impossible to leave it, but few can leave it, and changing this trait takes a long time, they have to face their mistakes, their fears, and accept the facts ,they have to go back to the past and learn from all their wrong actions, and also think about the future
          Really, i ,hope to build greener and I have a positive outlook on this matter, but also wasting time will not help us , we have to move.
          Of course, I will accept your opinion.
          All our opinions must be respected and expressing opinion is not a mistake.

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    2. global convo icon.png brave_mood | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
      healthy_tennis's comment 11 May 2021

      it is true but what disturbs me is desert places like sahara with almost no rain, how can this place be helped when it comes to tree planning so as to "build back greener"

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

    All countries will bear the responsibility to build back greener, but it will not be equal, due to the difference between countries, the difference in the number of people, and the difference in the lifestyle of this population, for example developed countries are the countries that consume the most fossil fuels and that cut down trees a lot to expand their industrial sector, on the contrary, in poor countries, they often tend to use environmentally friendly methods such as increasing the cultivation of trees and expanding agriculture in them, and the lack of factories due to the lack of resources, so agriculture, for example my country Palestine, also developed countries are the countries with the most emissions of carbon dioxide and harmful gases, therefore, it will bear more responsibility.

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    1. global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      enigmatic_technology's comment 10 May 2021

      But the countries that cause the largest amount of carbon emissions are not their fault, they have a large population, or depend on industry, or the size of countries is large, and whatever the circumstances, the circumstances of the countries are not a sin that makes them bear The greater responsibility and guilt over these circumstances must be shared by all countries, because all countries must think about how to fight these conditions, as every country will come a day in the future and make it go through these conditions.

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      1. global convo icon.png brave_mood | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
        nice_desert's comment 11 May 2021

        good, nice_desert; all countries have to come together and look for ways of solving this problem brought about by climate change.

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    2. global convo icon.png brave_mood | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
      enigmatic_technology's comment 11 May 2021

      Thanks for that Enigmatic technology,
      But to me i think they are all responsible, both the developed and the the poor countries.

      Let us extract Agriculture for example as an economic activity of a country and i am going to use my home country, Uganda as an example. Generally agriculture is the backbone of Uganda's economy and it occupies four-fifth of the working population but at the moment, Uganda is greatly suffering from the negative effects of Climate change which includes;- Floods and Mudslides which has killed million of people, destroyed property, crops and buildings; Prolonged drought and change of seasons currently the second season is not reliable, this year the rain began falling around late March some people are still planting till date, Death of animals due to epidemics, there so many things taking place here in Uganda due to climate change.

      What has caused all these; destruction of wetlands and cutting downs trees as people such for so called suitable and fertile land for growing crops, poor farming methods such as mono-culture which destroys the soil fertility and after a while the harvest become poor, use of toxic chemicals as pesticides and artificial fertilizers which are dangerous to the soil and the environment and so many other things. All these are done because they want big harvest but all in all destroying the beautiful nature of God.
      With all these, I believe we all have equal responsibility to breen back greener because we have all worked against it. whether by the smallest and cheapest way such as cutting down only one tree, polluting the enviroment, throwing a piece of polythene into a water source or around the compountd, all has caused climate change.
      //Regards, brave_mood//

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    3. global convo icon.png humble_economics | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
      enigmatic_technology's comment 11 May 2021

      I agree with that because many countries depend on richer countries and rich countries depend on poorer countries so it may be very difficult convince any of the two to make sacrifices in building back greener.

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

    Distinctive thinking, but don't you think that circumstances play a role in our duty towards the environment ??
    Since not all people own land to plant a tree, and most importantly, not everyone has an environmental awareness , Not having an environmental awareness is the fault of the state and this error cannot be completely fixed , Whoever grows up on a principle, no one can change it

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  • global-conversation.png glad_moment | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    11 May 2021

    I think all countries have the same responsibility to build back greener that is because it's all one Earth for example if China makes more effort than Australia then it's all our advantage, but if we do it together the outcome can be greater

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    1. global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      glad_moment's comment 11 May 2021

      Our goal is one ... our land is one ... but our conditions are not the same

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  • global convo icon.png brave_mood | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
    11 May 2021

    I think all countries have equal responsibilities of building back greener because they are all affected by climate change.

    Restoring the world to its original state is each and every one's responsibility, for we are all contributing towards global worming in one way or the other through different activities being carried out in different countries such as industrialization, deforestation and tree-clearing, burning fossil fuels and polythene papers to mention but a few, all theses activities are gradually bring down the world into ashes and engaging only one country does not solve the problem because all corners of the world are now affected.

    That is why there are number of natural disasters now taking place around the globe, for example, earth quakes, prolonged drought, floods, mudslides, epidemics and pandemics, change in seasons and climate patterns, storms, wildfire among others.

    Scientists have predicted potential future effects of global climate change which include more frequent world-fire, longer periods of drought in some regions, and increase in numbers, duration, and intensity of tropical storms (get more of this in " https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/")
    So to prevent this, we all have to take up our responsibilities based on our abilities use the little resources we have to save the world, We need Team Work. Every country whether poor or rich have the capability, ability and responsibility to "build back greener", the under developed countries may have resources like land man power and others so they they can invest in building back greener by encouraging tree planting and preserving the green environment while the developed countries may have the technology so they can invest in building back greener by working out on how to reduce the high rate of Environmental pollution.

    In conclusion, no country will servive the big storm coming a head of us if we all dont take actions, and that is why i say "THEY ALL HAVE EQUAL RESPONSIBILITY TO BUILD BACK GREENER"
    thank you brave_mood

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    1. global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      brave_mood's comment 11 May 2021

      My country cannot bear the responsibility that developed countries can bear, we can do what we can, we cannot take risks and make people starve , and if you were to say that all countries have to take risks, sorry, but the souls of citizens are not something easy to dispense with, and also citizens will not accept this situation, and thus revolutions and rebellions will increase, and so it will only produce problems , and thus the state will collapse, the point is that we have to think about a responsibility that the state can bear, because circumstances are ruling and we cannot do anything without taking it into account.

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      1. global convo icon.png brave_mood | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
        nice_desert's comment 12 May 2021

        Thank you so much nice desert for your reply but what i meant was different, every country has the ability to contribute towards building greener. What does it take if a state encourages its members to plant a tree, or encourage them no to dump polythene papers any how, does it take a life, or leads to poverty. Unless your country is not affected by global worming or climate change. other wise all in all, whatever we do now determines the future, remember some countries are already facing the dangers of climate change. Here in Uganda, we realy need to take actions.
        Be blessed, brave mood

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        1. global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
          brave_mood's comment 12 May 2021

          This is a problem, countries have not moved yet, some countries are already facing the dangers of climate change, but I don't see much interest about it, so I think the first step should be having an to have environmental awareness of not only the people but the superiors as well

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          1. global convo icon.png brave_mood | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
            nice_desert's comment 12 May 2021

            i agree with you nice desert, when it comes to creating awareness to the supervisors first, because in most cases people end at paper work and implementation of policies set at place fails. And in most cases its caused by corruption as the little funds put to facilitate these activities are missed used or embezzled by the either the top officials or the ones to carry out the final task use it for their personal gains.

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

    Yes i agree with healthy-tennis

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

    All countries bear the responsibility to rebuild greener and also not all countries will be equal, because of the difference between countries, the difference in the number of people, and the difference in the lifestyle of these people, for example developed countries are countries that consume most fossil fuels and that cut down trees a lot to expand Its industrial sector, on the contrary, in poor countries, they often tend to use environmentally friendly methods such as increasing the cultivation of trees and expanding agriculture in them, and the lack of factories due to lack of resources. Agriculture, for example, my country, Palestine, and the developed countries are the countries. Which has the most emissions of carbon dioxide and harmful gases, and therefore has the most responsibility. Because poor countries do not have factories to emit smoke polluting the environment.

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  • global-conversation.png decisive_atom | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    11 May 2021

    I think that every country has the same role to "build back greener" because God has created us equally and we live on the same earth. But to be able to play that role it depends on the competence of our leaders and how they try to make the country "build back greener".

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    1. Alice.jpg EXPERT: Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance
      decisive_atom's comment 12 May 2021

      Hi Decisive_Atom - thanks for giving your opinion. You mention that whether a country can build back greener depends on the competence of country leaders. Can you say more about what you mean by competence? What challenges could a leader face in implementing environmentally friendly policies?

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      1. global-conversation.png decisive_atom | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance's comment 12 May 2021

        If the leaders of a country can use the money they have to invest in construction of forest reserve and planting of trees that shows they are competent.

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      2. global convo icon.png hopeful_insect | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
        Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance's comment 14 May 2021

        Hi alice, according to me, I think the other term/word I may use for that is Priority, government leaders have greater influence in building back greener, what the government prioritizes is what the country will invest in. If it is industrialization in terms of development and exports, then the country will work hard for that and take over even the little piece of land from the poor community individuals to meet their goal like it was in Tororo District (Uganda) with the Hima cement and Simba Cement industrie, and if it is building back greener then you will see the government coming up with projects and funding community members with seedlings of different species, directly through the sub-counties or indirectly through different organisations like here in Uganda we have the National Water and Sewerage Coperation that came up with the SWAS Club to create awareness among the pupils and students about conserving the evironment.

        So the government plays a greater role in building back greener in a Nation.

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  • global-conversation.png inventive_yuzu | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    11 May 2021

    I think that countries do not have equally responsibilities to "build back greener" because some countries don't have the resources to "build back greener".

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    1. Alice.jpg EXPERT: Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance
      inventive_yuzu's comment 12 May 2021

      Hi Inventive_Yuzu - thanks for your comment. You mention that some countries don't have the resources to build back greener. Could you give some examples of resources that you consider are required?

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

    At the beginning, I did not hear that there are countries that have begun to rebuild greener, and I do not see many countries thinking about this matter, as their only target now is the Corona virus, which formed a barrier that hindered countries and peoples to rebuild greener or, we can say, it formed a barrier on all environmental problems in the world
    Palestine is not a developed country, it is not a country with a good economy, its main source of income is agriculture and its income is insufficient to feed the entire population. How will it be able to assume a responsibility equal to the responsibility of developed countries such as China, Japan and the United States? The situation in which the state is living plays a role in determining the responsibility that the state will bear so we have to take that into account
    Also, building greener is not a burden that must be shared equally, it is a goal that will make our lives better, and we will live without fear of environmental problems, a healthy life, a clean world, and I believe that countries should do everything in their power that they do,not a responsibility not They can afford it.
    Poor countries like Nigeria, I think they will not be able to bear equal responsibility to the United States, China, Japan or South Korea, and this is the case with all countries, the rich and developed countries should help the poor countries and submit inventions for free to them. Countries should spread awareness campaigns not just with articles, but songs. In South Korea, there is Korean art that has huge fans as they can use their fame to educate their audience, and Japanese animators can also produce graphic stories about building greener and produce them in the form of anime, we can do everything that falls in our hands, especially the things that inspire children and adults, and China, Japan, the United States and South Korea can also unite together and contemplate environmentally friendly inventions. Europe is cultivating more green places, and tourist countries can think about how to make travel and tourism environmentally friendly, and African countries should think about how to use nature appropriately, and countries in Asia can conduct and support green research, and those who cannot support experts can , they can do something else they see fit to
    In short, we can do the issue, but not with equal responsibilities, but with the motive that the result is equal, which means that we will all work and we will all get an equal and similar result, and it does not matter how much responsibility we bear, the most important thing is that we were part of making peace for the world, that is, our goal The same, but not equal responsibilities because our circumstances are not equal, But we all participated, so it doesn't matter what responsibility we took on so it

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    1. Alice.jpg EXPERT: Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance
      nice_desert's comment 12 May 2021

      Hi Nice_Desert - it's interesting to hear your views on who should take responsibility for building back greener. Do you think there would be any downsides of placing the responsibility on a limited number of countries?

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      1. global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance's comment 12 May 2021

        Of course, it would not be fair, whatever the circumstances Certainly there is something that we can participate in doing , we all have features that we can properly exploit in order to rebuild greener
        Bearing some countries responsible will make people have hatred and racism for each other, and it can be said that it is possible for states to ignore some countries that did not participate in bearing responsibility, and thus only racism will result and we will not be able to build greener.

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        1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
          nice_desert's comment 12 May 2021

          You suggest here than holding nations responsible will lead to racism. Can you explain what you mean by this further? What evidence are you basing this on?

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          1. global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
            Tiff @ the BNC's comment 12 May 2021

            I meant hold specific states responsible
            It will lead to racism so that people will start criticizing each other on the Internet, and someone will go out and say, "This country does not have the right to live in peace, as it did not participate in rebuilding greener, or this country that lives thanks to us must remain indebted to us all the time, and from this talk
            Thus, strife will arise between states, and thus some countries will be boycotted and will not be provided with the supplies to rebuild greener, and all our plans to rebuild greener will fail, and our planet will be destroyed by climate change
            I rely on my personal analyzes, they are not facts, but rather expectations.

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      2. global convo icon.png venturous_buffalo | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
        Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance's comment 17 May 2021

        yes i also do believe that if only a few countries build back greener the effect will not be great in that the other countries,the majority for example will continue releasing the green house gases in the atmosphere and with continuous release of these the ozone layers will be degraded exposing us to ultra violet rays of the sun that causes skin cancer and also with time acidic rains, destruction of the green nature and death of aquatic animals due to the continues water pollution and air pollution

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

    I think all contries haven't equal responsibilities to build back greener . Because each economy has its own pendamics and climatic changes due to its place in the world since all of us know that their are many types of climates which differ from one place to anoter. And also this play a great rule in the country's resposibilities to build back greener. Moreover , some countries are rich and the ithers are poor which plays another rule on the country's way to build back greener.

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  • global-conversation.png caring_theory | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
    13 May 2021

    I think everyone has different responsibility to build back greener because every country have different in climate change example in Ghana the change in the climate season is not helping could you believe that in some part of our capital city of Ghana experience change in weather temperature of the sun on Tuesday the temperature of the sun was 20°c on Wednesday and Thursday it has risen to 40°c in a day and it will drop to 20°c at night with little droplets of water .Meanwhile we are in the month of rainy season .
    According to world meteorological organization Caribbean island face many weather and climate related hazards such as hurricanes, droughts, sea level rise etc.
    Moderate to exceptional drought covers 37.6% of the united states including Puerto, Rico an increase from last month 36.7%abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 154 million people across the united states including Puerto, Rico about 49.6% of the population from this differences in change in the climate I think everyone has different responsibility to build back greener.

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    1. global-conversation.png productive_information | Anglican International Academy | Nigeria
      caring_theory's comment 14 May 2021

      Your concept is very appropriate because countries have different climates

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      1. global-conversation.png caring_theory | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
        productive_information's comment 19 May 2021

        Yes they have different climate change Nigeria climate change will be different from Ghana .

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  • global convo icon.png cheerful_meerkat | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
    14 May 2021

    I think not all countries have the same responsibility towards building back greener because of their different level in terms of standard of living.

    Countries like Palau which are among the poorest countries in the World can perhaps have fertile soil which is good for tree planting, but may lack the resources or finance to hire experts but can only invest in tree planting as means of building back greener. But when we move to developed countries, these have all the resources and technology to hire experts and to carry out Research on how to develop more Green Technology. They can even support other countries especially the low income countries in implementing the Build back Greener Project and campaigns so as to protect the world from further danger. This makes them not to have equal responsibility towards building back greener.

    All in all not all countries have equal responsibility towards building back greener due to difference in the level of Gross National Income.
    Regard, cheerful_meerkat

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  • global convo icon.png diplomatic_engineer | Nagongera Girls Primary School | Uganda
    14 May 2021

    To me, not all countries have equal responsibility to build back greener because of the temperatureof the different countries. For example Antarctica is an ice covered land mass and i think they do not have to build back greener. But where I live in Uganda we have to build back greener because our wether conditions favors the tree planting.

    so this depends on human activities and the climatic conditions of the country. there countries with fertile land with good weather conditions which favor tree planting.

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  • global-conversation.png productive_information | Anglican International Academy | Nigeria
    14 May 2021

    All countries have equal opportunity to build back greener because the impact of the global warming will affect every country

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

    All countries must play a role in building back greener because if one country is greener than the other then the climatic conditions will have to also act on the green country which will then finally affect the whole world

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