A Speech To The UN75 Global Conversation

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I'm emotional- literature. I'm still a child but I am aware of global problems. I would like to talk about my experience with extreme weather in my country because it has affected me a lot. In fact, last year, due to heavy rainfall, the Tunisian ministry of education has cancelled classes in all educational institutions. I was lucky because I live in a city and my parents drive me to and back to school. However, Maha Gadhgadhi a 12-year-old girl wasn’t that lucky. She lived in a poor countryside where she walked long distances to reach school.

Maha died after being swept away by flood water .The River overflooded and this has been the biggest nightmare of many people and kids living there .Many mourned her loss as she was just a kid. It wasn’t her fault, she was going home crossing the valley . She didn’t knew that it could be serious. The governorate of “Jendouba” pledged to build a house to the victim’s family.

Not only people passed away, but also the news of the extreme weather's damage on the agricultural sectors. Rough storms with substantial rain have lashed several regions in Tunisia. In 2018 as well, the country sustained severe floods and caused terrible damage and human losses. Last news, two days ago extreme heat and wind caused fires in an industrial area and many people are jobless. Houses in the neighborhood were evacuated because firefighters couldn’t stop the fire for long hours.

Till when are we going to be terrified about extreme weathers. How should governments act? Is it wise to continue the way they are used to ? Should people be left to their fates? The climate changes so must governments. I strongly believe that we must react as if extreme weather will happen at any moment. People living near rivers and poor regions have to be rebuilt. Inequality should disappear to face crises. So solidarity is highly needed between different governments and nations. At the local level houses and streets should be rebuilt and security measures near rivers must be the first plan in the country’s program. Water should be saved during floods, and use it in droughts. I am sure that many experts can find many solutions. More focus should be on supporting small agricultural producers to encourage them work their lands and crops. We must support those who produce our food with respect to nature. Globally speaking as a child, I hope all nations will work hand in hand in the name of humanity. I am afraid of following the news on TV because they are all about wars and disasters, and now about Covid19.

When is that going to stop? Isn’t it high time to focus on a greater and more serious problem which threatens our planet? Why isn’t the money spent on wars spent on fixing our ecosystems and reduce the emissions of gases? Why aren’t efforts increased to help poorer countries find ways to stop asking for help because many kids are dying because of droughts, floods or diseases? I am wondering till when are nations encouraging wars, seas ravaging and nature killing?

I can’t find any better way than stop talking and start acting. If we want to live , if we want future generations to live, we should all gather and work on a common goal: save our planet to save our lives! Plant trees everywhere, opt of renewable energies! Help others! I have many dreams and want to make them true, I want a bright future where extreme weathers may be just some memories. Please make that be true.

Thank you

Emotional_Literature

Comments (15)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    18 May 2020

    A superb final piece full of speaking up and reasoning! Why do you think efforts to help poorer countries are not increasing as you want them to?

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    1. global-conversation.png positive_lemon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 18 May 2020

      I think the world is oblivious to helping poor countries. Most countries have been busy increasing their economy and political power, and have left aid to poor countries. Powerful nations contest each other over power, who is stronger, and who collects more money. There are also countries that live in war. There are countries that suffer from other disasters. In short, every country is occupied by itself and does not care about poor countries except some conscious countries that help the poor countries and maybe how to put plans to face extreme weather is not good and maybe budgets are not enough so the proportion of aid to poor countries may not increase.

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    2. global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 19 May 2020

      That's a interesting question Olivia.
      The high rate of helping the poor is not increasing due to Flood victims in many parts of the country.
      At this time we are in a coronavirus pandemic and many people will fear visiting the poor and helping them due to social distancing lam sure that less people are being helped at this time or none completely because they fear for their lives.
      Let me give a example with my hometown know victims of floods decry poor living conditions .
      There is congestion, poor sanitation, inadequate food, supplies and lack of essentials like drugs ,mosquito nets beddings and clothes at this time they're facing a big tradgedy.Already thousands of people from flood prone areas displaced after their home we're swept away.
      The number is decreasing since many people are affected by it.
      To the high number of raging flash floods the chances of insistance help is low.
      Thankyou

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    3. global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 19 May 2020

      Thanks Tom for your question.
      As mentioned by emotional_literature
      Many homes are swept away and people live in camps and others in schools.
      As l Mentioned in my comment .
      Increase in landslides have brought alot of havoc and raging flash floods
      Thankyou

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  • global-conversation.png emotional_literature | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    18 May 2020

    Thank you. Well I think that many countries have been suffering for many years because of their poverty, lack of resources or even weak governments. What happens is that some organizations are doing their best to afford medecines and food as UNICEF as an example but these countries need to find ways to depend on themselves. I believe that if effforts and money spent on wars is spent on helping them with strategies, giving them a push to work and rely on themselves is better than solving some situations temporarily. Intention should be focused on education because it is a tool to face everything. What I notice is that even those who want higher education are leaving their countries unfortunately.

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  • global-conversation.png funny_fern | St Stephen's College Preparatory School | Hong Kong
    18 May 2020

    The incident about the girl who passed away was very sad. She was just a 12-year old girl and had a very poor life. I feel sorry for her and her family.

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  • global-conversation.png positive_lemon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 May 2020

    Really great and interesting talk. I heard about this story a while ago, since my brother lives in Tunisia. I was very sad for this girl, and it occurred to me, as it occurred to you. I realized that extreme weather is a big problem and we must reduce it. A lot of questions came to my mind. The weather is tough and I'm looking for an answer here. Thank you really a good article.

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  • global-conversation.png determined_world | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    20 May 2020

    Wonderful. Great work done. Is it someone's fault to be born poor? Why should the poor and the less privileged be allowed to suffer for their fate? It is high time, the world took into consideration the welfare of the poor and children as a great matter of concern. What we should show on our television should be children friendly rather than instilling in fear in children. We are really fed up news of wars, rumours of war, the scares of covid- 19 and so on. We want to hear news that will inspire hope and make our world a better place to live.

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  • global-conversation.png intellectual_strategy | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    23 May 2020

    I think efforts are not increasing just as mentioned by Emotional literature. This is because many countries have been facing a lot of trouble concerning extreme weathers. I would like to talk about floods in my country, recently there have been a lot of rain which of course caused a lot of flooding and many people lost their lives many family were carried by floods and this has been happening in the other past years and no action taken. Sometimes there are delays in helping the poor people receiving these floods. So I think the help is not increasing yet.

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  • global-conversation.png intellectual_strategy | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    23 May 2020

    Could you perhaps tell me how is your country depending on herself?

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  • global-conversation.png intellectual_strategy | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    23 May 2020

    I agree with your post determined world. You talked of good news aired in the television and not bad news. I may ask you a question what if something occurs that is really important to address to the people. An example is Corona virus updates daily don't you think at least we need to know what's happening in our country? So I think we just need to watch the news weather bad or good.

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  • global-conversation.png intellectual_strategy | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    23 May 2020

    I feel pity for the young girl. She died at a very early age before realizing her reason in this world. But I think the government of that country has taken a very good action to provide and help the poor.

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