Adversity is the mother of invention

climate pacific

I go online to check how my Pacific leader are representing me at the COP 21 and I am disappointed. Our leaders are playing the victim.

We are drowning, someone save us, cries Samoa. We will be under water soon , says Kiribati. No tears of self-pity from PNG, but a big demand: the people responsible for climate change must pay.  We  did not do it, whoever caused this climate change, own up and pay. We need the money to save 80% of rural based population.

The only positive call for action comes from  the Marshall Islands. Let us take some action, their leader says.

Those of us in the Pacific are acting like victims. Indeed we are victims  by virtue of by being in the forefront of this global climate change. We are feeling the brunt of the warming atmosphere. But therein  also is our opportunity to be victors.

Being in the front means we have first hand experience of this phenomenon  – we experience it at our doorstep and know it back to front and inside out. This  knowledge can be turned on its head to become an opportunity for positive change.

This adage rings true for the pacific at this time “adversity is the mother of invention”. The mother of invention has now settled here in the pacific. This is the time for the tropics to use this adversity to innovate and contribute meaningful inventions and interventions of adapting to this global phenomenon. 

But what are we doing? We wring our hands and look at America and others  from the temperate countries to come and fix our tropical problems.  That is very silly. Indeed they can supply the scientific knowledge, but adapting this knowledge to our situation is up to us.

Instead of playing the victim and shifting blame, the Pacific must take the stance  Marshall Island has taken – we must stand together and take charge of the spotlight and come up with the solutions that the world needs to adapt to climate change. We must make a start because the earth is not going to get cooler anytime soon. Here and now is the opportunity for the Pacific to become the leaders in climate change adaptation.

Once we show leadership, resources will flow. The world is morally obligated to put their money and resources to where it is needed and all we need to do is quit playing the victim and show more  leadership.

The difference between a victim and a victor is not in the size of economy rather it is a matter of perspective. The organ for changing perspectives is between the ears. Change your mind and change your life, is probably one of the most used adage in the pacific, but do we believe this at the level of national governments? We have our answer from the COP21.

Anything is possible, we just need to frame our challenge differently, we need to approach challenges as opportunities for improvement. Only then can we realize the opportunities that come dressed as adversity.

 

 

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