It is no news at all to say that the world is on course for climate catastrophe. We still face the threat of global warming to the planet, and should be aware of the need of climate change mitigation. For several years now many people (like me and fellow utopists) cry for actions to be taken to limit global warming and its related effects.
One would have expected that with the Paris Agreement of 2015 the leaders of the most important countries of the world would have kept to their promises and would have made work of it.
Ahead of the Cop26 summit a report has been published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that says that countries’ latest climate plans would deliver just a tiny percentage of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). The report warns of
“weak promises, not yet delivered”
just days before representatives of world governments gather for the key UN climate summit in Glasgow, which has been described as a “last-chance saloon” for the planet.
But UNEP, which analysed 121 countries’ progress on the climate, said that even the most up-to-date and ambitious plans have the world on track for an average 2.7°C temperature rise this century. (Slightly less than the 3C UNEP forecast in its last report.) A 30% cut is needed to limit warming to 2C and a 55% cut is needed to limit to 1.5C.
“As world leaders prepare for Cop26, this report is another thundering wake-up call,”
United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres said.
“How many do we need?”
UNEP executive director Inger Andersen said:
“To stand a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, we have eight years to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions.
“Eight years to make the plans, put in place the policies, implement them and ultimately deliver the cuts.
“The world has to wake up to the imminent peril we face as a species.”
We have to come to a worldwide agreement to utilise the resources carefully and to keep consumption of the resource sustainable. At the moment there are the rich countries where people just buy things and use things as if they can use everything they want without having to question how and where it is made or comes from.
It is good that there are meetings but after having put the heads together there have to come actions. We urgently need to come to an agreement about the management of the resources collectively, establishing regulations, monitoring and sanctions that apply to everyone. To privatise the resources in the expectation that each owner will then be incentivised to look after their share is the wrong position to take, and shall get the whole world deeper in the shit.
All world leaders should be aware that the biggest challenge facing humanity this century, is to bring the climate change to a halt.
A survey published by the European Investment Bank on Wednesday showed that of 27,700 survey respondents in the EU’s 27 countries, 58% said they believed their country would fail to drastically reduce its CO2 emissions by 2050. No wonder, many do not believe it anymore, that there shall change something drastically because, after all those debates about the growing pollution and global warming, not much has changed yet in the right direction.
The leaders should realise that when 81% of EU citizens agreed climate change was the biggest challenge humanity faces this century, and 75% said they were more concerned about the climate crisis than their governments, they better do much more about it to raise their popularity instead of a quibble over trifles and finicky things about less important matters.
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