TWO PER CENT MEANS NOTHING TO THE VAST MAJORITY HUMANITY NOW LIVING.
When it comes to carbon emissions, the resulting overheating of the atmosphere and our oceans it means nought other than training citizens to accept the prospect of inexorable loss, unstoppable chaos, certain doom.
It would also seem to be the case when governments are still spending billions on emergency-level funding and infrastructure to meet what they view as a crisis of national security.
But in the case of climate change, there’s no equivalent sense of immediacy, no sense of priority commensurate with the dangers it poses to our future ability to feed ourselves, defend our largely coastal settlements, insure our homes, maintain national security and keep our children safe from harm.
The four great capacities of humanity to solve a crisis – ingenuity, discipline, courage and sacrifice – these seem to be reserved for more important enterprises. The future, by all accounts, can wait.
To most of our current governments, climate change is but a dry-lightning storm in a district unknown.
It’s a licence for nihilism, a ticket to hell in a handbasket.
And the cohort responsible for this mixture of denial and fatalism is far removed from the daily experience of the ordinary citizen, especially the youngest and poorest of us. They have become a threat to our shared future and we must hold them to account, immediately and without reservation.
We must replace the Donald Trumps of the world. We can no longer wait patiently for our leaders to catch up. We cannot allow ourselves to be trained to accept hopelessness.
It is time to remove those who refuse to act in our common interest, time to elect people with courage, ingenuity and discipline.
Because there’s something bigger at stake here than culture wars and the mediocrity of so-called common-sense. It’s the soil under our feet, the water we drink, the air we breathe.
In less than a few years from now, unfocused rage may become the signal human disposition of our time.
Because the futures of the young are being traded away before their eyes. They see what many of their elders and betters refuse to acknowledge. That they’re being robbed.
Here’s the thing.
But the future is already with us.
It’s now glaring obvious what need to do and what we should not be doing.
However, it’s also glaringly obvious after the Paris climate change agreement that the world as a whole will not engage as one soon or in the near future.
That means calling bullshit on what’s been happening in our name for the past 15 years.
Profit-seeking algorithms and technology have no ethical connection to the health of the globe and current Ideology, prestige, assets and territory are now tacitly understood to be worth more than all life, human or otherwise.
We can have another world climate conference to address the crisis but without trillions of investment to get our house in order – and fast- as any tipping point will cause runaway climate change.
We will then be witnessing the destruction of all that exists on the Planet that no nuclear bomb could achieve.
This should not stop us from taking action. Planting a tree, stop buying air-freighted foods, products containing palm oil, converting to green renewable energy, eat less meat, stop having babies. The list is endless.
But none of our actions or others will change the chemistry of climate change sufficiently fast enough.
No matter what action is now taken it must apply to one and all.
The first step has to be how or who is going to finance the changes required and how this can be fairly distributed between the rich and poor nations.
So once again I submit my World aid commission of 0.005% to be applied to all profit for profit sake that can be applied with the click of a button.
It would create a perpetual funded resource to pay for the things we value now and in the future. ( See previous posts)
Admittedly the context is not rosy. Trump, Brexit, tax-dodging corporations, attacks on refugees, populism, intolerance, extremism, billions of people in poverty or ‘just about managing’, droughts, wildfires, floods, etc.
There is no way we can deliver environmental sustainability by only campaigning on green issues.
All human comments and suggestions appreciated. All like clicks and abuse chucked in the
this narrative is profoundly dangerous, not only for individuals, but for the entire community.