In my first blog about rising tide, I was trying to bring attention to it because it’s an issue that has been talked about on different occasions but nothing has come of it.
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) along with other independent Micronesian nations are members of the Kyoto Protocol which sets some environmental goals for developed countries. But what I didn’t get is the part that we, Micronesians, need to take to help lenghten the existence of our islands.
Thanks to my friend John (He found this out through Marz Akapito), I just found out that the FSM is indeed has a so called “REGULATION” or “PLAN” on implementing something called the Montreal Protocol. When and how this was put in place on our islands is a mystery. I guess someone has to come on here and lay it out for our readers.
According to my friend Wikipedia, “The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion.”
This confused the heck out of me because the last time I checked, the only few products that carried the “MADE IN MICRONESIA” logo are betelnut, kon, and some reef fish. Please correct me if I am wrong. Hehehehe. Maybe they still export Phosphate in Kiribati, but I am not sure the FSM is exporting or producing “NUMEROUS SUBSTANCES BELIEVED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OZONE DEPLETION.” Hahahaha!
There are things, I think, our government can implement to comply with this so called Montreal Protocol but I suspect they heavily must be on the importation of things that has these “NUMEROUS SUBSTANCES” in them. If our government finds such products to be in use in our country, the logical thing for them to do is to ensure proper usage and disposal as well as controlling the importation of such. Beside that, I do no see anything more our nation can do in terms of the Montreal Protocol.
Maybe there are things in the Montreal Made in Canada Protocol :)! that can be utilized by our government and our people, but I think our governments can each come up with our own MICRONESIAN PROTOCOL, things that make sense to our unique lifestyle and unique space. What Canada and the US do is probably way too much for our consumption. In other words, they may not be useful to us at all.
I know they are developed and are smarter in some ways, but our people are uniquely qualified to find solutions to this issue.
I laid out one or two solutions in my blog yesterday that is more appropriate and uniquely islander. Stop burning the Trees down, instead bury them branch by branch. Do not poo in the ocean! Poo on land to fertilized the soil, grow the trees and bury the fallen leaves. Hehehe. We need to add to the soil on our islands to help it raised its height inch by inch, foot by foot. Hehe. If anyone finds a floating log, pull it on land and bury it there. This will not only raised our islands, the soil will become fertile and more trees will grow and as their leaves fallen, they will become soil and thus the raising of our lands. These are simple day to day chores that can be done on a person by person level.
Our government should provide solar powered 🙂 mulching machines for each island. This will enable them to mulch dead trees. Our government can also buy rocks from other nations to be dumped on our islands. Cool?
In terms of regulating emmision of C02, the goverment can require that all generators on all islands be shut off on weekends and slowly incorporate other days until no one is using them anymore. Or better yet, just shut those damn thing off. Require that the only ships that can port or sail through the FSM Exlusive Economic Zone are solar powered ones. ;)! Ooops, I forgot sailing boats. The FSM can ban motorized vehicles of any kind.
This means, United Airlines has to ask Boeing to come up with a solar powered 747-800 to service the islands. I am here in Seattle so I can beg Boeing to built a solar powered 747-800 only for Micronesia. 🙂
No kidding! This is a huge problem that our government should have done something about it a very long long time ago. They should lead the way on this issue by providing resources to our people, whether it be through the Kyoto Protocol or Montreal Protocol or even our own Micronesian Protocol. It has to be done. As the saying goes, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!