This Guardian article is an abridged version of a conversation between two young world-famous climate activists who inspire hope that the tide is turning in the blind pursuit of corporate power that has wickedly hidden the science about the damage this pursuit has wreaked upon the planet. The 28 and 16-year olds should inspire all of us to act for the sake of their generations.
AOC – I learned that hope is not something that you have. Hope is something that you create, with your actions. Hope is something you have to manifest into the world, and once one person has hope, it can be contagious. …
GT – What does me standing outside of parliament with a sign do? It doesn’t lower any carbon emissions immediately. It doesn’t change any laws directly. But what it does is make powerful people feel something, and people underestimate the power of that. It is becoming harder and harder for elected officials to look people in the eye….
Greta is interviewed in New York by Trevor Noah on prime time US TV
This article outlines new UN projections for human population growth both globally and regionally. The UN revises its estimates every two years based on new data about fertility, mortality and migration, the latter of course does not affect global totals. The almost 10 billion estimate for 2050 is the median of three projections. Revisions adjust earlier projections that underestimated the drop in fertility in many areas and the decrease in mortality elsewhere. Africa is by far the fastest growing part of the world. Asia and South America grew less than previously estimated.
Spaceship Earth will carry 2.3 billion extra passengers by 2050 when my newborn grandson is 31 years old if these projections come to pass. In the year 1940 when I was born, there were 2.3 billion humans on the planet after 200000 years of homo sapiens evolution. In 1810 the population first reached 1 billion and the increase to the second billion occurred in the next 100 years. The current growth rate of 1 billion every 12 or so years is insufficiently discussed as a driver of many of the serious threats facing future urban-industrial affluent life as we have come to anticipate it.
This article argues that there are potential solutions to anthropogenic global heating if the vast reaources of the very small proportion of grossly wealthy individuals and institutions were re-deployed. The champagne glass shape refers to the graph of wealth maldistribution used in the article. 10% of humans command 52% of global wealth mainly concentrated in the US, Europe and China.
Our world’s richest have a great deal of money. They also have the power to decide whether our civilization sinks or swims. So what can we do?
A sign of the change in political sensitivity towards climate & ecological breakdown is a new competitive scramble between UK politicians, both local and national, to out do each other in setting targets to achieve zero carbon emissions. Jeremy Williams in 3 blogs, updates on this encouraging scramble following the UK government’s acceptance that we are now facing a climate EMERGENCY. Here, here and here.
A taster from the blogs:
Finally, consider that globally, banks have invested well over 1 trillion pounds in new fossil fuel projects just since the Paris talks in 2015. If we fail to transition to a green economy, it will not be because we don’t have enough money. It will be because too many people are betting that there is more profit in destroying the future than in protecting it.
Steps towards carbon neutrality suggested by George Monbiot:
- Change the system that is driven by private accumulation of wealth.
- Stop equating human welfare with economic growth @ 3%
- Leave fossil fuels in the ground
- Restore ecological systems by massive re-wilding (especially forests and marshlands)
- Adopt a plant-based diet (70% of agricultural land is used for meat and dairy production)
- Stop flying (currently 100000 scheduled flights per day)