By Beek Mabior
OPINION – There is a serious and urgent need for South Sudan’sgovernment to create tough environmental laws in order to protect the environment in the country. The country’s environment is deeply affected by the man-made activities such as deforestation, over-exploitation of natural resources, water pollution, air pollution, noise pollution, soil pollution, waste pollution, land degradation and petroleum extraction.
Furthermore, South Sudan is in the midst of environmental crisis and it is growing on daily basis. Our country is facing a greatest possibility of total environmental disaster as a result of man-made activities that’re done with a very clear disregard to environmental safety.
The scientists, climate experts, environmentalists, engineers, geologists and environmental activists have always been raising alarm about the environmental crisis in the country for long time now and South Sudan seem to have entirely ignore the warning. Our country has successfully ignored the warning and it is business as usual and we wonder why our dearest South Sudan could ignore such a warning about environmental crisis.
Additionally, it is vital for our country to know that environmental protection is a collective responsibility of every living citizen in South Sudan. I said that some days ago whenwe were interviewed together with my colleague; environmental scientist: Philip Dot on South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC TV) on environmental crisis facing the country.
I made it clearly without any fear of contradiction that both the government and oil companies seem reluctant to address environmental challenges facing the nation and it is indeed heart-breaking. Environment is life and life is environment and all living creatures including mankind depends on environment for survival on earth. We can’t afford to ignore environmental crisis in South Sudan.
We need to acknowledge it and take collective action and share responsibility to fix it in order to avoid probability of total environmental catastrophe in the country. Furthermore, there’re no existing environmental laws that protect environment in South Sudan and it is unfortunate indeed.
Our country deserves to have environmental laws in order to protect her rich biodiversity and to ensure full realization of sustainable development in South Sudan. We as South Sudan Environmental Advocates (SSEA) need the incoming National Parliament to make tough environmental laws in order to safeguard South Sudan’s environment. We also need the states’governments to play their parts like Central Equatoria state.
We need states’ governments to ensure maximum implementation of environmental laws once they’re draft and pass by the national parliament in South Sudan. Additionally, the transitionalgovernment in South Sudan must pay attention to the environmental challenges facing the country and come up with policies and laws that will help environmentalists and environmental organizations to solve environmental setbacks.
Furthermore, we need to take example from other countries where there’re tough environmental laws and do the same thing in our country. South Sudan is not that too young to create environmental laws and safeguard her environment. Moreover, many countries across the globe have done the same thing before and they succeeded in their actions of environmental protection. Countries like Japan, South Korea, Sweden, India, Rwanda, U.S, China and many other nations have done that and they succeeded massively.
In addition; we need South Sudan to take example from those countries and take protective measures that’ll assist in the protection her natural rich biodiversity. Our country is amongst the most endowed countries with many natural resources both in Africa and globally and we must be happy and proud to safeguard such a natural richness. Finally, we as South Sudan Environmental Advocates (SSEA) believe that our leaders in the national government of South Sudan can play a crucial role in the protection of our environment.
They lawmakers should pass tough environmental laws that’llassist in the protection of environment in South Sudan. We need an end to oil pollution in Upper Nile Region, we need an end to heart-breaking wastes crisis in Juba city and across the entire country.
We need an end to the ongoing deforestation and water pollution in South Sudan. Our leaders in the government should create tough environmental laws that’ll help in the protection of our environment across the country. The country can’t be without environmental laws if we sincerely desire to protect our environment in South Sudan.
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