Climate change issues hotting up

28 November 2011

As we get closer to the start of the two weeks of partying and gross expenditure that characterizes COP meetings, more and more debating issues are coming to the fore.  A common thread in many of these is a fervent appeal for the development of spines (spinal columns, not the cactus type) and the taking of strong and responsible action – not least to resolve the fragmented, accusatory and vitriolic nature of the interactions between those who believe climate change is a reality and those who consider it to be little more than a natural phenomenon.

In an article entitled “COP 17: A Time to be Bold“, Joan Russow admonishes that

From Copenhagen to Cancun- a Pathway of Errors that Discredits the United Nations Process; the developed states have disregarded the warnings from the scientists, particularly those from the World Meteorological Organization which at COP 15 and COP16 reported that the extreme climate related events have increased. The developed stated also ignored the pleas of the developing states. At COP15, a delegate decried: ”for the developed states climate change is a matter of  life-style change but for us it is a matter of survival -a right to live.” At Durban, science and climate justice must prevail- the time for procrastination has long since passed (my emphasis).

While the threat of climate change has been obvious to most scientists for five decades, the industrialised world – the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions – has refused to acknowledge, let alone address the urgency of the crisis. Industrialised nations have been heavily influenced by financial, media and industrial corporations, corporate front groups, industry-funded academics, and compromising NGOs as well as by citizens that deny the current science and quote pseudo science, all of which have tried to cast doubt on the reality of human-caused climate change.

It must be acknowledged that the major contribution to the causing and the exacerbating of climate change is waste and over-consumption; the root cause is corporate capitalism – a destructive model centred on individualism, accumulation of monetary wealth and corporate profits –

THIS LAST STATEMENT, IN REALITY, EMPHASIZING THAT “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” IS INDEED AN OXYMORON, BUT BELIEVED BY MORONS! (my opinion and emphasis again!).

Take names, demand culpability!  But don’t hold your breath.

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