As the United Nations Climate Change Summit 2021 is taking place in Glasgow, United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, I wanted to offer a conversation piece with regards to oil-producing countries, or countries that are associated with OPEC – The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Whilst there maybe or is stigma associated with Climate Change, it is important to look beyond the stigma or false ideas especially as oil is a natural resource associated with the Earth’s abundances’. Nations prize this precious resource in-terms of a vital resource / raw material, for the prosperity of an economy, creating jobs and to turn the exporting of oil into importing of foods, goods and services. And it also does not mean that nations do not care for the environment. What is for the subject of conversation is the conservation, the waste disposal efforts and processes that are utilized. We could take the example from the nation of Venezuela – the once booming and flourishing nation with oil potential but now requires investment and care. Whilst the current situation is complex, given the humanitarian and political crisis’, I wonder should nations and populations simply be written-off because of a resource that was present before map-lines were created? And also what is the human-cost and to what. To what extent should there be a human-cost, given the associations and stigmatization of oil-producing nations?
Helpful Link | Center for Economic Policy and Research | CEPR | Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on November 3rd 2021 in lieu of my current independent research endeavours with regards to Spanish American history. For further reading please type “Venezuela” or related keywords in the search bar of our website page.
It is with these thoughts I wish all the best to everyone taking part in the Climate Summit 2021 – although I also think that advancing climate topics must progress with the elimination of poverty and homelessness. If someone is homeless or poverty stricken that individual will care more to have food, shelter and clothing – to fulfil the basic needs first.
Image Link Texas Gulf Coast Light | Producer of the United States blend of light oil.
With Love & Kindness! 🙂