Today, I’m going to explain why in the current state "we are not able to face" the serious threat of Climate Change. A few days ago (October 8th 2018 - Republic of Korea) the results of the latest alarming IPCC Report (Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC) were released, calling for urgent actions to tackle the threats of Global Warming. Yet let’s think a little bit back... just a few days... Think of the news on TV, newspapers, in short, think of mass media. How long have day talked about this Report? Once? Two times? And let’s watch the news this evening. As usual we will see the news on the Stability and Growth Pact. In short, the Stability and Growth Pact is more important than the IPCC Report, it is more important than Climate Change! There is something wrong in this… Priority is given to less important things and more important things are kept in the background. Short-term thinking (the Stability Pact) is preferred to Long-Term thinking (facing Climate Change).
The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for
everyone, both now and in the future
Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.
IPCC special Report
The report is the result of a work by 91 authors and review editors from 40 countries, and is based on 6,000 scientific references cited. It includes 5 chapters:
- Chapter 1: Framing and Context
- Chapter 2: Mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5°C in the context of sustainable development
- Chapter 3: Impacts of 1.5ºC global warming on natural and human systems
- Chapter 4: Strengthening and implementing the global response
- Chapter 5: Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities
The figure below is clear: in 2017 Human-induced warming reached approximately 1°C (±0.2°C likely range) above pre-industrial levels, and could reach 1.5°C by 2040, if urgent actions to face the current trend of emissions are not taken. Beyond 1.5° degrees, Climate Change will cause catastrophic evets, with sad consequences in environmental, social and economic terms for the whole planet.
Ambitious mitigation actions are indispensable to limit warming to 1.5°C while achieving sustainable development and poverty eradication
Figure - Human-induced warming reached approximately 1°C above pre-industrial levels in 2017
Source: IPCC, October 2018
Why we cannot tackle Climate Change
It is clear, we are facing an extremely important challenge. But, how many times have we heard about this Report in the news? How much importance has been given to this Report? On the other hand, every day we hear about the Stability and Growth Pact and short-term growth. What we should ask to the international institutions is truth and transparency. The truth is that Climate Change is not a priority and neither Long Term wellness is. Priorities are others. As usual, every year we see politicians and journalists cry on environmental disasters and the IPCC data. It makes no sense. It’s useless! Every year we celebrate The Earth Day. It’s useless!!! The Earth Day must be celebrated every day, 365 days a year!
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