( Twelve minutes read with a lifetime effect)
HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS:
Our current direction of travel is not good. We need to stop talking about climate change this is a global emergency.
The threats from climate changes are more immediate than most of us know or care to consider.
In fact, if the truth were known most of us are in denial of the pending disasters that are waiting in the wings.
Why are we all so complacent?
Because we are unable to separate the environmental well-being of our planet from our economies.
What we have is a roller coaster of human ignorance with most of us believing it will not affect us but those in the future.
It’s happening to you.
It’s a right-here and right-now the biggest problem facing the world we all live on.
Its cost will not be in billions of GDP but in an accountable number of lives lost which is only a partial glimpse at the potential price tag.
We have already a huge amount of warming stored in order to see within most of our lifetimes the Arctic ice-free. Right in front of our eyes, its melting is speeding up and no one knows the amount of Methane it will release.
We have to approach our efforts to halt climate change in a much more revolutionary peaceful manner.
When one looks at the Donal Dumps of this world – America First – we know that humanity cannot act for the greater good of all so adaptation is now the only course and it will require fast action, not words.
What you read in the news is that we have about twenty years to change our acts before something irreversible happens.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) needs to start telling us all that even if we managed to curtail global emissions it is too late to prevent, 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit of global warming.
The impacts will be felt across ecosystems and human communities and economies.
Global warming is like being in a minefield that is getting progressively more dangerous.
If we as a species are to do anything about it.
This means no home, business, or industry heated by gas or oil; no vehicles powered by diesel or gasoline; all coal and gas power plants shuttered; the petrochemical industry converted wholesale to green chemistry, stop building dam and heavy industry like steel and aluminium production either using carbon-free energy sources or employing technology to capture CO2 emissions and permanently store it.
This also means that the whole of our farming systems, our financial systems, our consumption driven by the advertising industry must change.
Developing countries must have free access to information, technology and financial resources.
Technology must become available to all free of private interests.
Land may have to be converted to growing bioenergy crops.
Empowering producers and consumers to promote sustainable supply chains.
It means a widespread dietary shift to eating less meat and reduced material consumption.
And still, that won’t be enough.
The world’s forests contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas, and coal deposits.
Without the full involvement and alignment of our technical, social, and political dimensions, 1.5 C and even 2C won’t be possible.
Our media companies must give us knowledge, so we will be empowered.
Change must bring good things to everybody, with nobody left behind.
The biggest challenge to any climate reversal will be marshalling the resources.
Can it be done? Yes, it can. If we all engage now not tomorrow.
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