Seminar on “Facts Relevant to Environment in Jordan” held at CCSM

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Seminar on “Facts Relevant to Environment in Jordan” held at CCSM

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

A seminar titled, “Facts Relevant to Environment in Jordan” convened at the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) on Wednesday October 11.

Opening the seminar, CCSM Director Fr. Rif’at Bader hoped that this meeting would open the way to hold further seminars in the future on the critical issue of environment. He added that Pope Francis had released an encyclical on climate and justice to “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home” titled Laudato Si (Praised Be).

He pointed out that the issue of environment is very important since it concerns the entire humanity. He also recalled that the Conference of the International Secretariat of Christian Youth which opened its sessions recently in Amman, with youth delegations from 20 countries, focused on means to preserve the environment.

In a presentation by Director of the Center for Strategic Studies Dr. Zaid Hamzeh, he lambasted the plan to install a nuclear reactor in Jordan as it contravenes endeavors to maintain a safe environment. Stressing that regardless of how strict measures are adopted in nuclear reactors and how assurances are made about their safety, they are absolutely not safe as they harm the environment and several kinds of nuclear radiations are still emitted into the atmosphere causing cancer to people of all ages, particularly to children.

He added that these harmful emissions penetrate the environment no matter what precautionary measures are taken, pointing out that nuclear reactors are extremely dangerous where as in addition to their harmful effect on environment they cause financial and economic disasters.

Dr. Ayoub Abu Dayeh said that buildings consume a large percentage of electric power where most of them lack thermal insulation or are poorly insulated. He called for applying the code of building relevant to thermal insulation and to install photovoltaic cells to produce energy. Hs stressed that Jordan has no problem with energy rather with its administration.

Engineer Munqith Mihyar discussed the challenges facing the water sector saying that an individual share of water in Jordan is far below the global average. He stressed that the problem of the water sector in Jordan can be summarized in the poor administration of water, loss of a large percentage of water in leaking pipes, and the huge increase in the population of people living in Jordan which is not proportionate to the amount of water available. He also blamed climate change for the reduced percentage of waterfall.

Later, discussion followed on various environmental issues and measures to be taken to preserve the environment in Jordan.

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:14
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