Climate change deal won by marathon skilful diplomacy shouted a head line in the Guardian.
So I spent yesterday afternoon trying to get my thinking around what was achieved, if anything.
According to Bill McKibben the pistol has been fired but no one seems to be actually running. He says after Paris, we can not afford to be complacent, even its modest gaols require rapid action now as temperatures rise to 1.5C, and failing that, which is considered very likely , 2c. within a decade or two. The planet is already seeing havoc in our oceans and the rapidity of the decline in ice cover, cities where its citizens can’t breath, with widespread droughts/tree removal increasing. Then there is the changing cycles of floods and severe downpours, destroying infrastructure and food crops in their path. As human numbers keep growing and all aspiring to the abundance of a western life cycle we all, including myself, take for granted, the strain on the planet is beginning to show.
George Monbiot goes on to say that the maximum target of 1.5c is an aspirational and unlikely target that was only eminently achievable when the first U.N. conference took place in Berlin in 1995. Two decades of procrastination, created and caused by sinister fossil fuel lobbies amongst other vested interests, coupled with the reluctance and egos of governments to even begin to explain coherently, that short term thinking has enormous long term costs. ( our own battle with herbicide use poisoning in our valley of our ecology brings it closer to me here)
So as we go into Christmas, not giving much of a thought to our abundance, our energy use, all the sacrificed animals, poultry and fish that will be wasted and the bulging waste trucks that will carry away what we consider waste to land-fill, all of this in an area that has a high Green vote.
The New Wild
Author….. Fred Pearce….. Publisher Icon Books (2015) ISBN9781848318342 Description … Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation
- The Cabaret of Plants
- Richard Mabey
- Profile Books (2015)
- Botany and the imagination