Planet at the crossroads

We are on a planet that cradles life without demand, ripe with gifts, pulsing with water, plants, soil, animals, etc. We are on a planet that is running out and need immediate action. And this can be achieved by collaborating on a global scale.

Garan, 2015, said the reasons why we still face a lot of challenges is our inability to effectively collaborate on a global scale. There is a call for action. We can change things. Savannah ecosystems are also rich in biodiversity and are often neglected in conservation issues.

If they are not having protected areas, land degradation (Fig. 3), desertification should be prevented which is detrimental to the livelihoods of the indigenous and local population that depends on it for their livelihoods.

Researchers working in the savannah ecosystems are often discouraged and suffer a lot trying to raise money from their pockets to carry out research which is often vital at the national and international level since most of the grants opportunities are often restricted to the forest or protected area. Should these fragile ecosystems be abandoned in this changing world, if sustainability is to be achieved? I carry out research in the savannahs of north western Cameroon and I am talking from experience.

With regards to food security measures should be taken to educate farmers and provide them the means of preserving their foodstuff. Much food is produced in the villages and still yet the people often suffer from hunger. Farmers should be sensitized about the detrimental effects of using chemicals on their farms and alternatives should be provided. Because if alternatives are not provided these farmers will still continue to use these chemicals. Some say organic fertilizers are expensive and they lack the money to pay labour for clearing so they prefer the fast means of clearing.

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We lack the funding to carry out vital projects especially with the communities. At times you know where you can apply but discouraged.

Women should be empowered. Not only saying but supporting women. Women should have the opportunities to travel and present their work. Most travel grants are provided to people who have never travelled out of the country, or have not in the past two years, or less than 35 years putting many women away from this opportunities to show up and learn.Organizations and People talk about the problems more than giving a helping hand in the solutions. We all know the detrimental effects of climate change but you write a simple project on tree planting and you are unable to have a grant. What do we do, continue talking about problems?

Many local communities are still living in darkness despite all the technologies. Solar light energy is still very expensive for them even though they know the offices in town where they can get it. Some have the rivers around which are used to supply water to the towns but still lack portable water. In Meuboh quarter in Bamunka Ndop in Cameroon, people still do not have electricity even though the River Nun is passing through this quarter. It is vital that the cost of solar energy be reduced so that these people can have light while preserving the river. Also tap wells should be provided to communities like these. Controlled burning should be implemented to avoid the lost of biodiversity in Ngoketunjia Division, Cameroon.

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Carrying out agroforestry and agroecological agriculture. Increasing the stock through planting (fencing material, direct sowing). Direct seeding mulch-based cropping systems (DMC) of cover plants like grasses (Brachiaria sp., Eleusine sp., Panicum sp., Sorghum and leguminous plants (Cajanus cajan), thus preparing fields for subsequent crops (“biological tillage”) can be adopted to improve livestock nutrition by combining crop and livestock farming through the use of cover plants as forage (Lucha and Chuyong, 2016). This will also combat desertification, and maintain the resilience of agrarian systems. This offers solutions to the main short-term environmental challenges facing the world, especially in sub-arid to sub-humid areas threatened by desertification, through: erosion control, soil protection and cost-effective fertility regeneration. Cover plants will also in this way aid in the Clean Development Mechanism and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Standing at the crossroads today. God still wants his people to seize the crossroads. We should become powerful standing stones by shaping and influencing the forces of our day.

God placed the children of Israel at the crossroads of the world for a reason. He wanted his people to influence their culture. And he wanted them to become living standing stones, a testimony of his love and power to the pagan world.But the Israelites failed to conquer the Gezers of their world. They failed to be God’s witnesses to their culture.God still wants his children to stand at the crossroads of life. He wants us to live so publicly that we shape and control the areas of life that impact our world.God has placed each of us in a sphere of influence. No matter how large or small that influence may be, we can act in a way that shows others “the Lord is God, our future is bright”

 

 

Author: Mrs Celestine Fonyikeh-Bomboh Lucha,

Assistant Lecturer/Researcher, Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Science, P.O Box 67, University of Dschang. Cameroon

 

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