WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT WHY WE CAN’T FIX THE PLANET.
At the moment we are basically being sold three misapprehensions concerning the scale of the threat of climate change.
The deadlines aren’t the problem. It’s our failure to heed them.
Remember, we are being told that carbon pollution needs to be cut in half in just 11 years. And to zero by mid-century.
The speed of change. The matter of sea level rise. The matter of air pollution.
There is little about what it would mean for public health. The lack of fresh water or food.
We’ll just invent our way out of the problem.
In reality, what’s stopping us is political inertia, which means the solution is political action.
The relationship between climate change and economic growth, climate change and conflict are not appreciated or understood or explained.
Only when you and others experience this future threat in the present (rather than something that is still a generation away) will it have enough motivational force to get you to engage in actions that take more effort today.
2% is an abstract concept and simply does not motivate people to act as forcefully as a specific one does.
On the path that we’re on now, climate threats are not taken as seriously because so much of it feels abstract or distant.
WE MIGHT NOT GET THERE AS SOON AS 2030.
BUT THE PATH THAT WE ARE NOW ON WILL DEFINITELY GET US THERE BY 2050.
THERE IS A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO BEFORE THEN AND IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE IN A HOSTILE WORLD.
It is now becoming quite obvious that we’re not going to get below 2 degrees, and we’re on track for something like 4 by the end of the century. I don’t think that any climate scientists would argue with any of that.
We’re marching into a completely unprecedented environment. And we simply don’t know what it will look like or how it will impact us.
It’s not a matter of whether climate change is here or not, or whether we’ve crossed a threshold or not. Every upward tick of temperature will make things worse, and so we can avoid suffering by reducing it as much as possible.
Collective human action will determine the climate of the future.
Acting on climate change represents a trade-off between short-term and long-term benefits. It will transform the way that we relate to one another, our politics, etc.
WHAT IS NEEDED IS meaningful global action than was generated in Paris in 2015 and 2016.
The corporate world must now be made by law and economic incentives to align with climate action whether it like it or not.
Because Capitalist productivity the most powerful source of economic and social advancement is now with Artificial Intelligence becoming financialised.
( Financialization is profit margin growth without labour productivity growth.)
Of course, this will not happen as it will turn Climate change into profit for profit sake. We are beginning to see this already with the treatment Television is giving to the subject.
Therefore as I have advocated in previous posts Profit for profit sake can be made to contribute to resolving and paying the cost of reducing world emissions.
A world aid commission of 0.005% on all profit-seeking algorithms, on all high-frequency stock trading, on all sovereignty wealth fund accusations, on all foreign exchange transactions over $50.000, on all lotto winnings worldwide, on all sports winnings.
This will create a perpetual world aid fund that can be granted with no strings attached, other than total transparency to support all projects to reduce our carbon footprint worldwide.
It can be achieved with the click of a button.
All human comments and suggestions much appreciated. All like clicks and abuse chucked in the bin.
the problem would be solved. carbon tax