May 2nd 1990 – “Nairobi Declaration” on Climatic Change

1990 was a busy year in climate change history. There are, therefore, a whole lot of 25th anniversaries. But “celebrating” them is wrong, since it would imply we’ve made some progress. The grim reality is that we should be commemorating the multiple missed opportunities and false dawns. Here’s another –

The Nairobi Declaration on Climatic Change; International Conference on Global Warming and Climatic Change: African Perspectives, May 2-4, 1990, Organized by the African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi, Kenya, and the Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, Held at the United Nations Environment Programme Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

The context is this –
“Throughout 1990 and 1991, the Woods Hole Research Center in the US organised a series of regional conferences in developing countries, along with organisations in those countries. The first of these was held in May 1990 in Nairobi to discuss African perspectives on global warming. The second was in June in Sao Paolo. The third, in South-East Asia, was held in 1991.”
Page 39 Paterson, M (1996)

“The Nairobi Declaration on Climate Change noted that the necessary measures to halt or reverse the climate change phenomenon are unique in that they must be proactive rather than reactive. Measures have to be put in place to anticipate and prevent climate change.” (from here)

Also on this day
1952 – The world’s first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.

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