It’s a beautiful hot day, 34 celsius.
The Olympics are in full swing with its opening message long forgotten by those how win a medal.
The world since the first farmer grew two carrots has had its winners, losers, wars, famines, rich, and poor, you name it the World has weathered all.
You could be a faitheist and say “What happens happens” but as Lone Man ( Isna la wica) ( late 19th century Teton Sioux said ” I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.”
I have written on Climate Change before the Paris Agreement and after.
Since then every day of the week there is some new evidence that the climate is changing.
The global meltdown has begun.
Long predicted and long denied, the effects of climate change are arriving faster than even the gloomiest prophets expected.
The earth is dying, yet those who spread this message are treated as dangerous and mad.
This week we learnt that the Arctic ecosystem is collapsing.
Three weeks ago, marine biologists reported that almost all the world’s coral reefs could be dead by the end of the coming century.
One month ago, the Red Cross reported that natural disasters uprooted more people in 1998 than all the wars and conflicts on earth combined.
The demographer Dr Norman Myers calculates that 25m people have already been displaced by environmental change, and this will rise to 200m within 50 years.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine reports that nine of the 10 most dangerous diseases carried by insects and other vectors are likely to spread as a result of global warming.
You would think that with our combined World Intelligent we would be by now well beyond the point of discussing the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Not on your Nelly.
And yet, far from addressing this coming catastrophe, we curse or mock anyone who draws attention to it.
What is it about this pattern of living that demands that those who challenge it must be treated as if they were dangerous or mad?
Is it just plain stupidity or that we have found the key to undying happiness, the transactable elixir of life?
What is it about this crisis, what is it about us, that makes us wholly incapable of responding?
Is it the drive to make more money than you could possibly need, to buy more goods than you could possibly enjoy, is a species of mental illness. Success in this system brings not happiness, but, at best, an alleviation of the pain required to sustain it. Even its beneficiaries are also its victims.
Climate change is perhaps the gravest calamity our species has ever encountered. Its impact dwarfs that of any war, any plague, any famine we have confronted so far. It makes genocide and ethnic cleansing look like sideshows at the circus of human suffering.
To date we have not reached the necessary number of countries to represent 55% of global emissions to sign up to the agreement to implement the Paris Agreement. (Which I advocate will have little effect as the agreement has no means of enforcing anything agreed.)
Negotiations and meetings have been marred by special interest groups trying to prevent effective action to combat climate change. In addition, there has been a lack of political will to take effective steps and measures.
Many large corporations, have opposed climate change treaties seemingly afraid of profit impacts if they have to make substantial changes to how they do business.
All countries are affected by, and contribute to, the buildup of greenhouse gases, and should be willing to join in the effort to stop it. However, it is far from easy to agree what to do, and how to do it….
Because : Poor countries face the brunt of the problems caused by global warming, and point out that most of the current global warming are the results of the rich countries’ pollution.
Current consumption patterns also see far more greenhouse emissions per person in the rich countries than the poorer ones.
As evidence of climate change mounts the impacts will be worse for more vulnerable people around the world, and could destabilize the world economy.
However, some are ( Donald Trump) still trying to undermine climate change action through deception.
The EU is in crisis, and the USA will be soon.
Brazil’s “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State’s public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae).
What will it take to persuade us to stop using the world as our punchbag?
Many are agreed that climate change may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet.
All the words, pledges, agreements mean nothing without the political will, and financial backing.
There is only one way to make any difference worthwhile happening world-wide and that is to tap into World Greed.
Profit for Profit sake.
By placing a World Aid commission of 0.05% on all High Frequency Financial Transactions, on all Sovereign Wealth Funds Acquisitions, on all Foreign Exchange transactions over $20,000, on all Lottery wins over $100000, on all gambling.
This would create a perpetual Fund of trillions to tackle Climate Change.
Will it happen.
Not without all of us demanding it of the United Nations.
The Earth is the mother of all people and all people should have equal rights upon it.