Obviously my attention was glued to the news coming out of Cop26. The overarching goal was ambition, action, acceleration. We went in on a 2.7C pathway, and had a late announcement that we’d achieved 1.8C, however really, anything above 1.5C is not a great result.
Equally, Selwin Hart, UN special adviser and assistant secretary-general for climate change, warned Cop delegates that the fight to limit global heating is “far from over”.
“… based on the NDCs that have been submitted, the world is on a 2.7 degree pathway, a catastrophic pathway, and therefore we are a long way away from keeping the 1.5 degree goal of the Paris agreement alive,” he said. “We cannot be complacent. We cannot celebrate before we’ve done the job. We must recognise that this is a fight that we cannot afford to lose. I urge all of you to keep up the fight.”
Just a reminder that 1.5C = too hot to live, and at 2C, rainforests will no longer be able to survive. Everything increase is a big deal.
Historically, there isn’t much to hang our hope on either. A piece in the Guardian by George Monbiot, said:
A study in the scientific journal Nature suggests that to stand a 50% chance of avoiding more than 1.5C of global heating, we need to retire
1. 89% of proven coal reserves
2. 58% of oil reserves
3. and 59% of fossil methane (“natural gas”) reserves.
If we want better odds than 50-50, we’ll need to leave almost all of them untouched.
And we’re not reducing. The World Meteorological Organization warned recently that the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere had reached a record high in 2020 despite the pandemic and is rising again this year.
Big take-aways or pledges
- The $100 billion promised to countries most impacted by climate change and not responsible for creating it, hasn’t been paid, and now developing countries are asking for much more. Prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, stated well over $1 trillion is needed by India. Regardless, payments won’t happen before 2023….
- More than 40 countries pledge to quit coal, this included major coal-using countries including Poland, Vietnam and Chile. China and the US did not sign up
- A Global Methane Pledge was signed, aiming to limit methane emissions by 30% compared with 2020 levels. Major emitters like Russia, China and India are not part of the pledge. Australia didn’t commit either
- More than 100 world leaders have promised to end and reverse deforestation by 2030., and Greenpeace condemned it as a green light for another decade of forest destruction. The Amazon cannot survive another decade
- There were financial industry commitments and of course, our old friend, the Carbon offset market looks set for explosive growth. We need to reduce everywhere. Offsetting is not the right path
Where’s the hope?
In us. In the young too. Vote for leaders who really give a damn, or become that leader yourself. Look at your lifestyle and live in balance with earth. Be an activist in your business and drive change. If you have solutions, get to work and start making it happen. Share information and what you’re learning on social media, so others can learn and be inspired.
We need billions to change how we live and work. It starts with each of us. We are not powerless. Action is where the hope lies too.
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And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Attenborough tells COP26 conference delegates: “The World is looking to you”
Indonesia says Cop26 zero-deforestation pledge it signed ‘unfair’ tks Kevin Cottam
Australia puts fossil fuel company front and centre at Cop26 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
DiCaprio Breezes In as Security Blocks Delegates: COP26 Update tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados at the Opening of the #COP26 World Leaders Summit – tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
COP26: World leaders promise to end deforestation by 2030 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Earth to COP26|#COP26|UN Climate Change – tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Patagonia doesn’t use the word ‘sustainable.’ Here’s why tks Hedvig Lyche
OPEC+ Set for Geopolitical Showdown as U.S. Demands More Oil tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Act now for our children, Queen urges climate summit | COP26
Big oil CEOs just lied before Congress. It’s time they’re held accountable tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Saudi Arabia starts construction on its $100 billion eco-city that will have NO STREETS and be ready for residents in 2024: 105-mile-long ‘linear’ paradise will have no cars and no carbon emissions tks Teressa Bayes
The science everyone needs to know about climate change, in 6 charts tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
The Nationals are just a bunch of denim-clad coal fondlers pretending to be farmers tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and Technology
The Art of Saying “No”: Design Refusal tks Willie Wahlin
Social issues and humanity
There is a generation of men who have been caught flat-footed tks Phillipa Edwards
Lonsdale Calls Men Who Take Six Months Off to Parent ‘Losers’ tks Sandra Marichal
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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