I published The humility of four extreme weather events in four months this week. In it I detailed my personal experiences of going through four extreme weather events in four months across three continents – and the absolute humility you feel when you do – as well as the fact that barely any country is ready to deal with extreme weather.
Everyone country appears to be responding after the fact, and no country is looking 50+ years out – apart from Singapore and a few other Asian nations. When we look to the future, we must prioritize infrastructure investments on the reality of what the climate scientists are telling us will happen. This lack of preparedness is incredibly alarming.
A couple of days after publishing this, the UN released this report: Climate change: No ‘credible pathway’ to 1.5C limit, UNEP warns.
In coverage on the BBC it reported there is “no credible pathway” to 1.5C, and going beyond 1.5C would see dangerous impacts for people all over the world.
For those of us tracking developments, 1.5C has been out of the question for years, and most believe 2C warming is becoming out of reach too. Let me tell you something for nothing, if we hit 2C, well… let’s make sure we don’t. Check out the impact here.
The UN report is the emissions gap study, and it analyses the gap between the rhetoric and the reality.
In the BBC article it says: this analysis finds that new efforts to cut carbon would see global emissions fall by less than 1% by 2030, when according to scientists, reductions of 45% are needed to keep 1.5C in play.
Looking at the impact on temperatures, the study finds that with the current policies in place, the world will warm by around 2.8C this century. We’ll hit 2.4 if we do everything we committed to in Paris.
You clicked on what 2C warming looks like, yes? Every .1 of heating is exponential from now on.
“We had our chance to make incremental changes, but that time is over,” Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. This statement is true, but the window for incremental changes closed about 20-30 years ago. Rapid, full-scale change is now our only path.
Inger continues: “Only a root-and-branch transformation of our economies and societies can save us from accelerating climate disaster.”
She is correct. But the other side of the conversation is readiness and adaptation.
Progress is painfully slow to stop global warming, but Government failures to get ready is also putting the lives of millions of people at risk. Are you one of them?
In the UK, a committee of MPs and peers says the government needs to “get a grip” on the risk to critical infrastructure posed by a warming climate.
“The thing I find most disturbing is the lack of evidence that anyone in government is focusing on how all the impacts can come together, creating cascading crises,” said the chair of the Joint Committee, Dame Margaret Beckett MP.
“There are simply no ministers with focused responsibility for making sure that our infrastructure is resilient to extreme weather and other effects of climate change.”
Going through extreme weather events, and watching what is going on around the world, one of the things I’m listening to is how the leaders of countries are speaking after the fact.
One example. The Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, was in Tasmania after the recent floods. Someone asked if him if they will increase the height of the damn wall, which burst and contributed to the flooding. He said something along the lines of: we will look into it, the cost will go into the billions, blah, blah, blah.
I have been listening to these speeches and news conferences and would like to make a suggestion to Anthony Albanese’s script writers, but this is relevant for any country. I believe this is the language leaders must speak today and most are not.
My suggested response…
We are reviewing the entire nations infrastructure, from roads to dams, trains to homes, farms, energy, and more. We are going to work out what we need to do to keep Australians safe for the next 50 years and beyond. We are doing this assessment based on the climate scientists who are advising our government, and our whole country must come together to do what we need to do, to ensure we do not experience mass suffering in our country. We have many challenges ahead, including relocating communities who can no longer stay where they are. This is going to be a hard time for all of us, but our greatest chance of success is coming together and doing it together.
If your leaders are not speaking this language, you need to call it out. It’s time to get prepared and we have no time to lose. It’s going to get worse before it will get better, however, if we refuse to stop what’s causing it, it will never get better.
The doorway for action is closing rapidly now. It is time to act in every way we can. Protest, speak up, change, inspire others to change, consume less, and let’s all commit to living in harmony with our beautiful earth. If we get the message, what we co-create together will mean a better life for all, but it will be very different to what we know today.
Friend’s content and mine
How This Sustainability Advocate Is Making Green The New Black a great interview with champion Stephanie Dickson. She has been relentless in her mission to wake people up to living more in harmony with earth.
Building Resilience with the Public Sector another powerful voice in my community is Susannah Hasenoehrl. Great blog on how technology is solving enormous challenges. Technology is definitely an important part of the climate story.
The humility of four extreme weather events in four months and my recent blog, including a list starting with 10 things our governments must start focusing on. Would love to hear what you would add to the list?
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching 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.
Top 10 Arguments for Degrowth
Do we really care more about Van Gogh’s sunflowers than real ones? tks Rebecca Kynaston
UNSTITCHED: How the Fashion Industry is Destroying the Planet – Susannah Jaffer
Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot OFFICIAL – Joshua O’Neil
Xi Jinping’s party is just getting started tks Karsten Warnecke
Rishi Sunak Selected as U.K. Prime Minister & U.S. Test Scores Drop
Business and technology
Welcome to hell, Elon tks Phillipa Edwards
Social issues and humanity
#GinaRinehart explains herself with a tightly-scripted TV address to the nation… tks Phillipa Edwards
Tough New Growth tks Laural Ramirez
The criminal ‘justice’ system is medieval in concept and medieval in practice tks Phillipa Edwards
The Bleak Spectacle of the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp Trial tks Kate Marsden
Passion, humour, history
Philippines: Student ‘anti-cheating’ exam hats go viral tks Steve Johnson
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
Three environment resources to help navigate this challenging territory. 1. Knowledge, constantly updating. 2. Individual action and awareness, so we do our part. 3. Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
Uncommon Courage: an invitation – my book
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