Name: Prof. George Kasali
Organisation: Copper Belt University
Role: Senior Lecturer
What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?
Motivatio from my studies in Environmental Micro-biology. At that time i taught people on conservation of nature and understanding how nature operates and looking at the operations and exploitation of natural resources. It was clear to me that mankind was destroying the environment. I did my studies in ecosystem change and destruction of human activities.
What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?
Climate change adaptation. The past 50 years i have worked on fisheries, crop use, wild animals. Too mjuch change has occured. Traditionally you had to share food now it is depends more on the individual.
What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?
As a microbiologist, i inted to look deeper into researching on the effects of climate change on human health. Animal diseases extend impacts to livestock diseases.
How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?
More acute. it is very clear that nature has threshholds and those thresholds by 2020, nature itself will say enough is enough. Mankind has to rethink his development life and his own activities.
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