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Earth Day marked in Ethiopia

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Uploaded on Apr 23, 2010

Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin said it needs urgency to address the issue of climate change as the environment is not a separate sector from other human activities like health, population and economic development.

A panel discussion was held in connection with the Second Earth Day Celebration here Thursday.

Addressing the panel the minister said the security and stability of each nation and all people are in critical situations.
He said changes in agro-ecological conditions adversely affect food production; yields from rain-fed agriculture in some African countries may drop by 50 percent ten years from now.
Seyoum said the prevalence of health threats like malaria, diarrhea, asthma and stroke could increase due to raise in temperature.

Ethiopia has joined the global environment movement as part of the solutions, the minister said.

Agriculture and Rural Development State Minister Dr. Abera Deressa on his part said the government has been taking several initiatives pre and post Copenhagen, among others, mass awareness and climate hearings.

The Climate Change Forum Ethiopia has been established and engaged in a number of initiatives geared towards building collective capacity to adopt and mitigate climate change.

He said PM Meles Zenawi's leadership and guidance was instrumental in creating awareness and reaffirmed commitment of Ethiopias higher level government officials to fight against climate change.

Dr. Abera said more frequent drought and crop failure results in hunger and conflicts in places where resources are limited.
He said Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate change policy energy efficiency, promotion of renewable energy and green jobs globally.

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