Love is in the air…
Who would have thought that climate change and criminal negligence would become 2019’s new lovers? There have been flirtations over the past decades but this year they came out of the closet. The public pressure is just getting too much.
UNFCCC Parties moving slower than glaciers
In a world where it takes more than seven years for the 192 Parties of the Kyoto Protocol to accept and ratify the 2012 Doha Amendment -and let’s be honest now, it’s not likely to happen – everything is possible. Or shall I say nothing is possible?
The alarming speed with which glaciers recede and the polar ice caps melt is unprecedented, yet the Parties to the UNFCCC act as if they had all the time of the world. Ironic, isn’t it?
As of July 2019, only 129 Parties have ‘accepted’ the amendment, and only 7 of the 37 with binding commitments have ratified it. The Doha Amendment was supposed to be the basis for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP2), which runs from 2013 to 2020. We’ll be in 2020 in less than 6 months and we’re still lacking 15 Parties to accept the amendment for KP2 to enter into force.
What are the odds of that happening?
We’ll be seeing summers with entirely ice-free polar caps before that, at the current speed of both, nature and the UNFCCC Parties!
…and as it’s getting warmer, the romance starts
Criminal negligence is defined as the failure to use reasonable care to avoid consequences that threaten or harm the safety of the public and that are the foreseeable outcome of acting in a particular manner, or reckless act without reasonable caution, putting another person at risk of injury or death.
It is as if we’ve just found a precise description of our global leaders’relationship with climate change, don’t you agree? It seems like a match made in heaven. Oh wait, it is – kind of…
UK government can’t do
The UK governments’ own advisors, the Committee on Climate Change, describes the lack of plans and preparations to protect the people from the effects of the climate crisis as “shocking” and the chair of the parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee states that their latest report shows that the UK government has “failed dismally” to put sectoral policies in place to achieve the set targets.
The Guardian’s condemning article came timely today, on the 10th July 2019, the day of my first school assembly talks to 300 kids, as an external Climate Change Expert. No news is good news, but today’s news was bad news. And I feel they’re hammering down on us every single day now.
We need to be build resilience. Not only mental resilience to cope with the continual flood of bad news and the “new” unsettling climate science discoveries but as well in a pragmatic sense.
Think globally, act locally. I’ll come back to that soon!
What do you think? Is it a match made in heaven or will we soon see the “wake up call” with an anticlimactic break-up?
Leave your comments below. I’d love to know where you stand on this issue.