GLOBAL REMEDY

when thinking about remedies for global warming we must first acknowledge that this is a world problem. This situation can not be corrected by a few nations, but with the cooperation of all the nations. Some developing nations feel that industrialized nations need to make the first step since they caused the most problems for the atmosphere. This may be a legitimate rationale, but it does not excuse them from doing there part.

Industrialized nations

Industrialized nations such as the United States, Russia and Canada put most of the carbon into the atmosphere. These nations and other nations like it should be examples for reducing global warming. In the 1970s Canada and the United States banned the use of CFCs gases in aresol cans. Nations met in Helsinki, Finland in 1989 to agree on a world banning of CFCs by the turn of the century. Nation cooperation such as these can really impact a change on global warming.

Greenhouse politics dates back to 1970s to the present. There has been talks between the United States and Russia discussing "response strategies" to the greenhouse effect. The United Nations Environment Programme/World Meteorological Association have developed policies for responding to climate change. In 1989 at the Malta Summit President Bush proposed that the United States host the first negotiating session on a Climate Convention. Steps have already been made by the industrialized nations to remedy the situation they have caused, now we must help the other nations to do the same.

Developing Nations

Developing nations are at a disadvantage when it comes to reducing global warming. In fact these nations can combat efforts that industrialized nations have already made. Developing nations want to help solve the global warming problem, but they have other problems they must solve first. These nations want to achieve a higher standard of living and they see that the only way to modernization is industrialization. These developing nations must risk increased global warming to provide a better life for its population. The rainforests in these nations must be cut down in order to provide food and land. These nations should not have to sacrifice modernization in order to slow down global warming.

Industrialized nations will have to create ideas that will support these developing nations. If the world really wants to slow down global warming we must find ways to aid these nations so they will not have to make the same mistakes we made with industrialization. The United States and other industrialized nations must provide alternatives for these nations so they can stop deforestation and reduce greenhouse gases. Some ideas are creating systems that can distribute electric power to these nations. Third world nations in the tropics can benefit from solar power plants being built in their nations. Speeding up the development of these ideas will give these nations a fighting change to help in reducing global warming.

RETURN TO GLOBAL HOMEPAGE

TOWSON STATE UNIVERSITY

POLITICAL SCIENCE

LISA ANDERSON