Nkandu Luo challenges scientists on climate change


The Minister of Higher Education, Professor Nkandu Luo M.P., has challenged scientists and researchers in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to simplify and make public their findings and solutions to climate change.

Professor Luo said this when she this week officially opened the first ever Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) Science Symposium in Lusaka.

SASSCAL is a joint initiative of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Germany in response to the challenges of global change.

The initiatives believe that science and research offer proactive approaches to deal with the current and the expected changes, and, as such, the role of science is to be understood as a service to those societies that are most severely affected by climate change and to provide decision-makers with evidence-based results and advice.

The SASSCAL Science Symposium is being held as World Environment Day 2018 approaches, which will be commemorated on 5 June 2018 under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.” This year’s theme represents the world coming together to combat single-use plastic pollution.

According to the United Nation (U.N.), World Environment Day is a Platform for Action World Environment Day, which is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment, which began in 1974 and has now grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

In playing its part on the global stage, Professor Luo stated that Zambia was taking an aggressive approach to climate change mitigation as President Edgar Chagwa Lungu will this month launch a massive tree planting exercise in Muchinga Province.

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This article was written by Birbal Boniface Musoba, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Officer.

Parts of this article were adapted from the Times of Zambia article, “Luo Challenges Scientists, Researchers in SADC,” by Evans Musenya Manda, Published On April 18, 2018.