Some of my thoughts on COP 21 – Keep it simple

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30th November 2015, Paris: More than 150 world leaders meet under heightened security, for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Image: Presidencia de la República Mexicana/Wiki Commons)

As the Global Warming Conference gets under way in Paris, I hear nothing in the opening speeches by world leaders that make me confident that this time we’ll get it right. We are simply not getting the message across that 2015 must be seen as the turning point. It must be the year when we stop the talking and start to take the necessary drastic action.

What does that mean?

  • It means that as from today we have to start seeing a drastic reduction in the amounts of the fossil fuel that we produce because produced fossil fuel always becomes consumed fossil fuel. We have to leave more of it where it is in the ground.
  • We have to stop waffling on about things like carbon capture. If we leave the beast in the ground then we won’t have to waste energy, which produces CO2, in re-capturing it again.
  • We in the developed world must reduce our use and our waste of energy.  We don’t really need to keep the entire house heated 24 hours a day. Most of us will have childhood memories of the joys of leaping back into a nice warm bed after a trip to an unheated toilet.
  • We have to stop perpetuating the myth of perpetual exponential growth of all the world economies and accept that as of today, we have to start moving to a global lifestyle that is sustainable.
  • We have to stop producing and advertising big cars with top speeds of an illegal 140+ mph which have fuel consumptions to suit, and we have to curb the activities of that evil genius in our midst called the Advertising Industry which persuades people with more money than sense (or conscience) to buy these monsters and many other ego polishing bits and pieces.
  • We have to start spreading the gospel that the big consumerism spending spree is finished and the party is now over.
  • We must all now accept that atmospheric global warming is definitely caused by CO2, and we must get the media on-side and persuade them that their daily reporting of the world stock markets is not nearly as important as a daily update of the Keeling Curve which shows the CO2 levels and is published daily in Increases in world stock markets will only speed us down the Road to Armageddon, but a daily showing of the Keeling Curve will keep us informed as to whether we are making progress in saving this much abused planet of ours or not.

29th November 2015, Madrid: Greenpeace’s activists and supporters participate in the Global Climate March, one day before the beginning of UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris (Image: OsvaldoGago/Wiki Commons)

In the final report from COP 21, it should be highlighted that to fund our greed and profligate spending over the years, we the Wrinklies are leaving our children and grandchildren an enormous burden of debt, (about £1.6 trillion in the UK) plus an even larger burden of unfunded liabilities. Please don’t let us also leave them an environment that’s no longer fit to live in.

As Prince Charles put it in his Keynote speech:

“On an increasingly crowded planet, humanity face many threats – but none is greater than climate change.”

 – See website for current and informative climate measurements on Earth