I’ve watched some of the top environment thought leaders return from Cop26 in Glasgow, and on social media they are sharing despair and sorrow. I know with some distance from the event, they will gear up again for the battle that lies ahead, but it is sad to read some of their reflections. They are people I have deep respect for.
If you’re been paying attention to this event, the media response has been positive, critical or downright hopeless. We started the week with an article in the Independent titled: We know almost for a fact that Cop26 will fail – this is why.
A quote worth pulling out…
“Because there is a terrible silent lie being propagated by the British government and the United Nations: they know we have to ban all new fossil fuel investments as a crucial step to have any hope of staying below a 1.5C rise in temperatures – yet the three key players setting the agenda have refused to table a ban at the conference.”
I believe, for us to succeed in overcoming the crisis, it requires two topics at the centre of all discussions – ending fossil fuel use and ending growth-based economies. Without that, we can not achieve what needs to be achieved. It’s really that simple.
At the end of the week, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, said the goal of 1.5 was on life support, and I think we all know it will not be achieved, in fact, we’re currently at 2.4 so far. Please read these three articles to understand that it might actually be worse than that – links below:
Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report
1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists
Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds
I know many are feeling lost, helpless and hopeless when it comes to the climate emergency. Many have sunk into despair. Here’s the thing…
When there are not enough of us who really care about the climate crisis, understand it and know what we need to do to change trajectories, our politicians will continue to do what their constituents care about to win votes. If the electorate is not voting for significant change, politicians will not act in the way we need. Why would they? It’s not a ticket to election success. Businesses won’t change either, until we change.
And apparently we don’t get our part in this bigger story: Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds. Lifestyle change must include how we vote, how we buy, how we live, how we work. All of it.
We are all part of the change needed
Until we get this essential message, we can’t act decisively. Politicians and businesses seem unwilling to lead the way either. It’s not a successful strategy yet.
The other critical challenge is how countries vote – especially the US – because the uncertainty and flip-flopping of the two rivals keeps us on an unsteady path. Equally, if the same environment strategy of the last Republican leadership returns, this will be devastating for the world. But perhaps new Republican leadership will be different? We just don’t know. And it’s not helping our situation or mindset.
But this is where my hope is. Once enough of us get it – and I mean 70-80 per cent of the voting population, regardless of age or political affiliation – then we start moving in the right direction. WE make this happen. All of us.
So don’t get lost in despair, because you can’t do anything from that place.
Join the fight. Raise your voice. Educate your community – especially if they vote for politicians that aren’t acting on climate. Vote wisely. Make changes in your life – big or small, it all adds up – and when you see an issue that needs to be solved, solve it or talk to someone who can. Shine a light on the champions in your community, raise awareness and help wake people up.
For so many reasons, the media, social media, fake news, misinformation, political leadership, political divisions, social divisions, lack of trust in institutions, and on I could go…. are creating a world of people not thinking, but on the other side, we have a lot of people shutting down, because they can’t see a way out. This is a self-protection mechanism and completely understandable.
Please remember, change starts with each of us, because when we change, we act, and if everyone of us got the message, we have a chance. But until we do, businesses will operate as usual, and politics will keep holding us back.
We can do this. We can. I will not stop believing. But I can’t do it alone. None of us can. Please help me and those around the world fighting for our future, so we can make this happen. We can do it! But we need to get a move on and we need you with us.
Remember, when there is life there is hope. Don’t lose hope.
Friend’s content and mine
If you have time, do watch or listen to the latest The Know Show. Joe Augustin, Marc Allen, Joanne Flinn, Robert Kirubi and Susanna Hasenoehrl joined me for a deep-dive into what’s happened at Cop 26. Lots of valuable insights.
A podcast with my husband, Steve Johnson, talking about our children’s future, but through the lens of the climate crisis Are you worried about the impact of climate change on your kid’s future?
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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.
How fossil fuels are the backbone of fast fashion – tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
China and the US announce plan to work together on cutting emissions tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Funding Innovation to Fight Climate Change tks Robert Kirubi
Leaders agree to ‘transformative’ action to stop deforestation by 2030 tks Robert Kirubi
COP26 news: Draft text calls for phasing out coal and fossil fuels tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
At COP26, new alliance tries to kill oil and gas industry tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Briefing: EU anti-deforestation law could have serious holes tks Robert Kirubi
The price of fast fashion? Chile’s desert dumping ground for unwanted clothes tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
‘Net zero is not zero’: carbon offsetting focus at COP26 under criticism tks Susanna Hasenoerhl
The World’s First Digital Thread & Yarn Dyeing System. tks Robert Kirubi
UK boost to advance gender equality in climate action tks Robert Kirubi
More hot air than progress at COP26 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Real Solutions Not ‘Net Zero’ tks Robert Kirubi
COP26: IT and climate change – Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
White House-Backed Carbon Tax in Sight for Biden’s Climate Bill tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
We know almost for a fact that Cop26 will fail – this is why tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Week 44: Showbiz in the era of “sauve qui peut” tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Bioenergy In All Its Complexity : The Good the Bad and he Ugly – tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
As COVID-19 rages, more in Singapore go hungry tks Cheryl Tan
Aaron Rodgers Has COVID, Trump Has Expensive Wrapping Paper & DeSantis Has Another Terrible Idea!
Jacinda Ardern interrupted by daughter Neve during livestream: ‘You’re meant to be in bed, darling’
Fox News Caught Deceptively Editing Biden Speech
Business and Technology
Phuket to invest B100m to build 3 new landmarks tks Charlie Pulaski
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Ozzy Man Reviews : Travis Scott & Astroworld
Passion, humour, history
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