Reducing Carbon Emissions In Mexico and Brazil

Wed, Jan 13, 2010

Green Countries

The World Bank recently issued grants to further green technology and research in Mexico, Brazil, and beyond. The regional project aims to reduce private vehicle use; create incentives for public and nonmotorized transport; improve transport planning; decrease carbon dioxide-equivalent tons emitted by ground transport; and increase the number of cities that are integrating environment and climate change components in their transportation policiesIn an effort to improve health and air conditions, the Global Environment Facility was approved of a $13 million grant by the World Bank. While sustainable transportation remains an issue in various areas of the world, Mexico and Brazil have pledged to decrease carbon emissions from transportation, which consists of 18% of all greenhouse emissions. The project includes decreasing private vehicle usage and carbon emissions, improving transport planning, and creating incentives. In addition, the Mexican government agrees to supply the additional $31 million for this extensive project, which will last four years and be completed by December 2013. The World Bank will work with the Global Environment Facility to provide grants for other countries, while supporting the project to spread the clean air implementation.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 179 governments and partnerships with organizations and institutions to provide a series of grants to developing countries, simultaneously investing in projects “related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.” Additionally, GEF sponsors the Development Marketplace Global Competition, in which 26 winners share $4.8 million to fund projects that will protect countries harmed by the harsh climate changes. Communities of Indigenous Peoples and Latin America are among the winners. The much-needed money will contribute to innovative projects, such as feeding thousands of malnourished Nicaraguan children and utilizing a radio-drama teaching Nigerian farmers more efficient ways of protecting crops from extreme weather.Furthermore, social media websites such as Twitter, Flickr, and Youtube have been useful in providing videos and photographs to viewers which promote comprehension of the issues at hand, while portraying the adaptation of local communities.

By Tiffany Teng. Tiffany can be reached at teng3@tcnj.edu.

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