In 1988 James Hansen addressed the US Senate warning of the danger of climate change. Ostensibly the world took notice in the Earth Summit at Rio and the establishment of the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) which meets in the Conference of Parties for two weeks in early December each year. It gave us the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. However, as I indicated in Four graphs that matter in the climate emergency: bonus edition, the effect on rising CO2 emissions is invisible:
Greta Thunberg, the girl who can’t quit, said:
- The emissions are increasing and that is the only thing that matters.
This is what was shown for July 01, 2019 at Muana Loa:
The Guardian has gone further with Why are people striking? The climate crisis explained in 10 charts.
Google tells me that life expectancy in Australia is 82.5 years at birth, above the OECD average of 80.6 years. On average people born now will be alive in 2100.
- in a 4°C-warmer world: “It’s difficult to see how we could accommodate a billion people or even half of that… There will be a rich minority of people who survive with modern lifestyles, no doubt, but it will be a turbulent, conflict-ridden world.” Rockström is one of the world’s leading researchers on climate “tipping points” and “safe boundaries” for humanity.
In those circumstances the equatorial regions of the planet could become uninhabitable, and much of rest desert.
We badly need to recognise that we are stealing our children’s future. We can say we are sorry, but sorry only matters if we are willing to make restitution, to restore the future we have stolen.
Andrew Gliksen has seen no evidence that anyone in political office is addressing the situation with the necessary urgency. I can say that much is going on at the subterranean level within Labor, but we’ve just had an election where the climate emergency got sidetracked into peripheral issues. Policy review takes time, especially when you’ve, as Mark Butler said, had your backside handed to you by a muppet show.
Nothing positive can be said about the Scott Morrison government’s overall effort where Morrison will be in New York, but Australia in one country banned from speaking at UN climate change summit in ‘unprecedented’ rebuke.
There is no point in him going, and he doesn’t want to. The point of the meeting is that countries were always expected to increase their effort in 2020, whereas Morrison has made it perfectly clear that the present policy, based mainly on accounting tricks, will remain.
The leaves the independents and Greens. Gliksen says:
- In the Australian parliament this leaves the Greens and a couple of independents to worry about climate and the environment. Unfortunately the Greens, hoping to become a dominant “left wing” party, have significantly diluted their efforts on behalf of the climate with a wide range of progressive issues, oblivious to the fact that should efforts at mitigation and adaptation fail, so would all other worthwhile causes. Neither have they shown too much interest in explaining the science to the public.
It appears homo sapiens’ contradictions are catching up with it. The prospect of a hothouse Earth, presided on by ignorance, lies and greed, is rapidly emerging.
That may be a bit unfair to Zahli Steggall, who has just got her knees under the desk as it were.
Who then can blame the young, the Extinction Rebellion and others for hitting the streets?
Here is the School Strike link as to where to go. Numbers matter.
LEAN (Labor Environment Action Network) will be there. Unfortunately I have to be elsewhere, but I’ll get a first hand report from my dearly beloved partner in life.
It’s quite important to know exactly what people want when they protest on the streets. Apparently School Strike 4 Climate arte quite precise, although I had to Google and found the answer at The Guardian:
The Australia students have three demands for governments.
1. No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine.
2. 100% renewable energy generation and exports by 2030.
3. Fund a just transition and job creation for all fossil-fuel workers and communities.
The third point is a new feature for the Australian movement and particularly important for these strikes.
The strong presence of workers at these strikes is about trying to end the pitting of climate action and the needs of the economy against each other. Instead, the young activists want constructive action to support workers in carbon-intensive industries as economies transition to net zero emissions.