Ali is a 25-year old Msc on Environmental Studies student. Coming from Sudan, Ali has seen first hand how desertification can tear communities apart, and the great need for developing countries to adapt will be on top of Ali’s to do list.
We asked him 10 questions relevant to her role now as a Climate Tracker and here are his answers:I aspired to become an environmentalist due to the fact that the environment in my country is classified as one of the worst ones worldwide that is why I vowed to dedicate myself to play a vital role in uplifting the situation for what it brings of positivity to livelihood. I look forward to raise the public awareness to the environmental issues and catalyze literacy to enhance the way people deal with the environment. I find myself mostly interested in finance, adaptation and ambition. In the articles that I write I try to encourage developing countries to present concessions to guarantee finance from their peers to adapt with climate change as a precautionary measure for the incapacity to recover from anticipated catastrophic impacts, but that does not seem to be the problem whereas developed countries still treat the issue as a parties one. The brutal truth and solution are simple which are that developing countries cannot adapt on their own and developed countries must come together to save humanity and the planet. After a long debate I had with my colleagues in Sudan I believe to some extent that Sudan’s INDC is fair to developed countries in comparison to what they have to present in terms of being more ambitious (For example five more times for Japan) although that one thing leads to another if I think back about the history of the government. I believe that having a tight climate action plan does not reflect the country’s actual ambition if we think of the proposed conditions and integrity in the international league. Not to seem arrogant but confident I have excellent analytical and teamwork skills in addition to speed intuition which allow me to seize rare opportunities to reflect on things and that is what I comfortably do in my lifestyle. Having said so I will be eager to produce effective solo articles and collaborate with my fellow climate trackers so as to increase the chance of influencing people to contribute to the sustainable development in their countries. I would like to say to climate skeptics still out there that they will sooner or later declare that it is happening whether some of them have multinational companies or interests outside of their countries, climate change will sabotage all of that if no prompt action is taken. That is only because non-party stakeholders are important in the process. The most challenging would be attempting to publish articles and pitching them editors. The problem can have many faces but one thing is for sure that nothing in the region can be done easily without a middle person and as I was thinking about it I comprehended that editors might sometimes be restricted from publishing opinions but they might also have specific perspectives as media houses slogans that they go by without giving the opportunity to accept the other opinion. The most fulfilling experience for me is having the opportunity to learn about writing as a beginner specifically in the field of climate change. I was blessed to participate in the program and my feeling about getting selected as part of this year’s team is indescribable. I am aware that many people wish to have been selected but the fact that I was acknowledged in this program made me much more passionate to continue my endeavors in this area of interest. If I was given a superpower I would change the mindset of economists to make it more considerate about humanitarian issues due to climate change. The fact that every country and major corporation consider economy first is the opposite of selfless and I believe that it is the only way towards world peace as something that can stop each challenge humanity is facing nowadays. In my opinion I believe that there are no better than messengers of Allah to be stuck with or live next to in a deserted island. I would say Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the last prophet to mankind, Prophet Adam as the first prophet on Earth and for giving Prophet David years of his age and Prophet Abraham for being willing to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah until a sheep was provided. All prophets are responsible of our civilization that is why and without their roles none of the enlightened and scientists would have contributed to humanity. Most people might think that I am shallow because I once was but the experiences that I had in life and my journey of self-discovery were quite enough to change my perspectives about many things. On top of the list as the most important thing and the thing that I am convinced is a solution to a lot of issues is being simple (For instance in our demands) because nature takes its course despite all that we intend to intervene in when it comes to mother nature. I am also a Biochemistry fanatic and Ping Pong master.
Here are the articles Ali wrote, all of which got published by print too: