The Commonwealth of Nations is Britain’s next step to builder a brighter future for itself. But not just as a substitute to the European Union, it’s a good market place for opportunities for the common people to make wealth for their own nations. I have found some of the good in the Commonwealth myself and there are good ideas that the citizens of these nations will appreciate.
The theme for this year’s Commonwealth day is delivering a common future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming. This theme underlines the nature of what I do at Africa House London. I think up brilliant innovations to deal with climate change and environmental issues to transform nations. Utilising sustainable resources and develop them to help economies grow with their natural environments.
My objective is to introduce the technology of environmental science to the Commonwealth. One area of this is for the future of the West African nations Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Cameroon. They have a demand to address the challenges that will affect their people and resources this decade. This includes water shortages, pollution problems and fuel poverty in the form of electricity shortages.
Take Nigeria for example. This green nation with a very wet climate needs to enhance its infrastructure with water technology. For this I proposed ideas to property developers to convert their builds with rainwater harvesting equipment. Building Nigerian properties and fitting them with water collection roofs and tanks that can harvest the extreme rainfall of 4000 mm annually to supply them with a natural water supply.
Nigeria’s streets also suffer badly with overflowing rubbish bins on top of the 32 million tons of rubbish they produce every year. Another problem that Nigerians have is fuel poverty. Only 25% of its population has access to electricity. Making Nigeria one of the most darkest nations in Africa. I believe Waste to Energy incinerator plants are the solution to these two crises. By burning its waste as fuel and using that to power electricity generators Nigeria can have a plentiful supply of power and a carbon neutral system for its economy to grow with its environment.
There is also a practical upshot to this that can do more than boost trade. For years African nations have suffered so badly from pollution, social problems and political infighting that they have struggled to attract tourism. If these problems can be dealt with through the cooperation of the governments with the Commonwealth community then they will be lively, sociable and have greater humanitarian values. This means that places like Nigeria and Ghana can become the costa del sols of Africa. There is already a property development boom in Nigeria ready to accommodate holiday makers.
The Commonwealth of nations is full of bright minds and active creators. They understand that everything that they desire to make a change has to be produced. This can be achieve by their own intelligence and abilities to make their nations a shining beacon of hope in the Commonwealth.
There is no limit to our imagination, but there is obstruction in their pathways to glory. These come from monopolies being built by corporations that stifle betterness for the nations. If we are to make a better change to the citizens of these lands then they need to appreciate diversity of thought and value all classes of citizens. There must be free markets and entrepreneurs at the front of environmental engineering for the health and wellbeing of the people, not government policy makers all the time. The state should provide a basic directive for the common people and creatives to do, but grant them the freedom to create and to build a better society without violating other people’s rights.
The directive of the Commonwealth of Nations should be to transform the lives of its citizens and grow with the natural environment in a sustainable way. With 2.4 billion citizens in 54 member states were are a family of innovating nations, connecting with each other to protect our natural resources and boosting trade.