Since 2005 the world has changed in four key areas:
Today, the world is: Young, Urban, Wired and Hot.
URBAN–Now more people live in cities than the countryside.
Take Brazil for example, 85% of Brazilians live in cities.
YOUNG–Most of the above are young. 62% of Brazilians are under 29.
Half of Indians are under 25.
Two thirds of Africa’s population is under 35.
Only North America, Western Europe and Japan are aging.
WIRED–The third area is CONNECTIVITY. Over a third of the world’s
population has access to the Internet.
This is Worldwide Mass Media.
HOT–The planet is changing before our eyes!
Because we burn fossil fuels for energy which pollutes.
Carbon dioxide has just passed 400 parts per million in the atmosphere.
This figure is an abstraction, it is invisible, but it sets in motion big changes.
We need to put it into concrete terms for real understanding.
With more carbon dioxide, warm air holds more moisture.
Ice caps melt and that means more water in the oceans.
Sea levels rise so there is more flooding around the world.
As oceans warm there is more energy for extreme storms.
Many places, instead of rain, are experiencing drought.
These physical and visual changes are climate change in concrete terms.
Animals and plants are becoming extinct, rainforests are being cut down, storms, droughts and floods plus higher temperatures are all physical visible changes.
What we are seeing are worldwide changes since the Industrial Revolution which began in 1750.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
As the world stumbles towards a climate catastrophe, the differing national attitudes toward climate change highlight why there has NOT been an effective global response.
The world needs to be UNITED in putting a solution into place.
The climate is a Global Problem!
What needs to be done is:
A Independent body of scientists, engineers and environmental experts needs to be set up. They would be committed to resolving climate change that overrides nationalistic loyalties. Every nation would have to sign up to it.
They could be funded by a % of every nation’s GDP.
It’s remit would be to generate policies and action plans to limit or remove carbon emissions.
This would result in CONSISTENT action around the world.
The problem is that ACCEPTANCE of climate change has yet to be worldwide.
We’ve done a terrific job of screwing up the planet, NOW WE NEED TO RECTIFY IT!
Ice caps melt, gases that were frozen years ago are now released into the atmosphere.
Things are out of joint!!!
We have to try to STOP greenhouse emissions ASAP!
Climate change protesters will never succeed until all countries work together!
Britains reduction of carbon emissions is just like a grain of sand compared to the pollution caused by other countries.
China is building coal-fired power stations at an alarming rate to meet the consumerism of the Western world. Should we STOP buying cheap Chinese products?
Everyone wants something done, but don’t interfere with their choices, convenience or wallets.
So, that’s the sad story of climate change.
A GLOBAL CHALLENGE NEEDS A GLOBAL SOLUTION!!!
THE WORLD WILL SEE THE PROBLEM WHEN IT IS TOO LATE TO SOLVE IT. A GLOBAL PROBLEM, YES. WILL THE COUNTRIES OF THE EARTH EVER AGREE ON A SOLUTON. NO! WILL THEY EVER AGREE WHO WILL PAY FOR IT. NO!
NOW THAT I’VE SAID THAT, LET’S PRAY THAT I AM WRONG.
I HOPE THE FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL BE A LOT SMARTER THAN WE ARE.