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Why are we drilling for fossil fuels in Namibia when we could be planting Hemp?

The 2023 IPCC Report on the impacts of climate change has just been released and the outlook is bleak. We need to act now if we want our children to have any future or a habitable planet to live on.

So why then in Namibia, a country that is already severely affected by climate change, is there drilling for fossil fuels? Especially when local Communities opposed are being terrorised and bullied by big Canadian business and our government .An industry that will leave our soils and water polluted with many examples like the Niger delta to show us why we should steer clear of such destructive practices in our country.

Why, in parallel to this climate destruction, is our government refusing to engage in the conversation about hemp? Hemp provides solutions – it can help mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon, cleaning and nourishing soil. Hemp is a sustainable resource that can create jobs for our citizens .

Why does the medicines regulatory council in Namibia refuse to give out licences to research the cultivation of hemp for bio fuel, textiles, animal feed and paper?

Why are government ministries actively ignoring this conversation when enough relevant evidence has been presented to them? Why is our government collectively standing in the way of pursuing a hemp industry to tackle climate change and create jobs for our youth when they are employed to serve the well being of the citizens of Namibia?

Many questions and few answers from those with the power to create change. We need to to be asking why, in this time of crisis, is our government violating our human rights and the rights of Nature.

*”The newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a troubling picture: Climate change is already impacting every corner of the world, and much more severe impacts are in store if we fail to halve greenhouse gas emissions this decade and immediately scale up adaptation.

Following on the first installment of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II's contribution, released on February 28, 2022, draws from 34,000 studies and involved 270 authors from 67 countries. It provides one of the most comprehensive examinations of the intensifying impacts of climate change and future risks, particularly for resource-poor countries and marginalized communities. The 2022 IPCC report also details which climate adaptation approaches are most effective and feasible, as well as which groups of people and ecosystems are most vulnerable.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the report "an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership."

The science is unequivocal - climate change endangers the well-being of people and the planet. Delayed action risks triggering impacts of climate change so catastrophic our world will become unrecognizable.

The next few years offer a narrow window to realize a sustainable, livable future for all. Changing course will require immediate, ambitious and concerted efforts to slash emissions, build resilience, conserve ecosystems, and dramatically increase finance for adaptation and addressing loss and damage.”

**”Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) has received extensive attention because of its multipurpose usability, short production cycle, low capital demand in cultivation, possibility of carbon-negative transformation and easy carbon sequestering material. Research shows hemp as a very promising renewable resource including its potential uses in paper, textiles, composites, biofuel, and food industry.

Hemp: A sustainable way forward that creates jobs

Hemp proves competency in the search for new sustainable resources because it is naturally resistant to disease and pests, conserves water. Hemp degrades quickly, and produces environmentally friendly industrial products such as biodiesel, bio-concrete, bio-composite, paper, textile, and so on.

Hemp biofuel could be an excellent alternative to petroleum-based fuel to produce heat and energy for transport and industrial sectors.

In particular cases, it can help decrease the use of cement in building material, which is responsible for the second most CO2 emission. The crop would be a new door in the paper industry using its advantage of more yield and more recyclability of hemp paper than wood. The features certainly can slow down the deforestation process.

The modern hemp market has a bright future, With the advancement and adaptation of fitting technology, exploitation of the entire physical, chemical and morphological characteristics of hemp can better contribute to a clean, healthy, and sustainable planet.”

It is time for our Namibian Government to clear the way .

It’s time for Nature to be our driving force and those of us who are focused on solutions that will benefit our Country be given all the tools needed to move them forward.

Angela Prusa

Cannabis and Hemp Association of Namibia

* World Resource Institute

6 Big Findings from the IPCC 2022 Report on Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

By Kelly Levin, Sophie Boehm and Rebecca Carter

** Hemp as a potential raw material toward a sustainable world: A review by

A T M Faiz Ahmed

Md Zahidul Islam

Md Sultan Mahmud

Md Emdad Sarker

Md Reajul Islam

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I am Namibian, I don't smoke weed as it is illegal in the country, but I know the cannabis plant is not harmful and the plant has many benefits, like CBD, which contains no THC at all or very little percentages. CBD can benefit in the recovery of my mental and physical injuries. In Netherlands, the cannabis plant is somehow the heart of the country, they tax the weed, making it professional. And a license is a must to have if you want to sell it, if you are caught without a license, you are to be fined a payment to the government. Either way, the government is getting an advantage, and more research is put into the plant. Every…

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