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The memory is fresh and the grief due to the devastating impact of climate change on humanity during the past decade is still
raw in the psychic of international community. Specifically, on December 26, 2004 tsunami swept through Asia. In Indonesia
it killed over 130,000 people while at least 37,000 went missing and about 500,000 people were made homeless. Sri Lanka lost
more than 31,000 lives while 100,000 homes were damaged along with crops and fishing boats and more than 400,000 people
lost their jobs. It is this dynamic, overwhelming, destructive capacity associated with climate change as manifested in hurricanes,
tsunamis, quakes and floods that makes it a special and different security problem. Any delay in addressing the problem of
climate change promptly and radically too may mean that the planet earth may soon be irrevocably damaged and prevented
from carrying out its sustaining role for humanity. This has challenged the global community, NGOs and concerned individuals
to call for a low carbon society and organize conferences and formulate treaties and environment policies, and laws. All these are
carried out within the context of national interest ideology. Consequently, climate change is still a serious challenge to human
security. Why has global warming/climate change not been checkmated before now despite the huge world?s resources inclusive
of its technology? It is this challenge that this paper is interrogating in the face of the global environmental goal of a low carbon
society and environmental wholeness from a developing nation?s perspective.
Dokun Oyeshola received his Ph.D. in Peace Studies at Bradford University, Bradford, U.K. and teaches at the Department of International
Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK between 1996 and
1997, the Department of History and International Relations, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria in 2008 and Veritas University, (Catholic University of
Nigeria), Abuja, Obehie Campus, Nigeria in 2012. Some of his publications include
Politics of International Environmental Regulations; Essentials of
Environmental Issues: The World and Nigeria in Perspective and Sustainable Development: Issues and Challenges for Nigeria.
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