The subject is close to my heart as this encyclopedic blog post shows.
The 2021 attempt to tame the climate havoc our abuse of nature caused didn’t go as well as hoped for. We have about 9 years to rescue humanity from the brink of extinction in about half a century. In other words: in ten years we’ll reach a point of no return if we didn’t clean up our act.
There was a unanimous agreement at the end of the Glasgow [Glasgo] summit. Unfortunately, it was not as radical as was deemed needed. Rather, nationalistic short-term financial reasons compelled watering down the treaty. So, do we need to come away disillusioned? No. Why?
1. “No setback ever proves that now all is lost.” Harvey Jackins
2. I feared that the politicians would not stand up for curtailing the climate because they always seem to beat the drum of Big Money. And, many of the super-rich didn’t seem so moved by us all going to die.
However, many leading politicians spoke passionately about the need for climate control. This is crucial.
Before the conference, I feared that the world’s populations needed to go to the streets in huge masses to force politicians to take this seriously.
Instead, it seems that the world’s populations need to take to the streets in huge masses to support politicians to not back down, but speed it up.
This is huge. From an uphill battle, this became a home game in the West.
Even if (some of) the politicians were just lying and pretending to gain public sympathy, activists now have their words to hold them to.
The next step is to get all the big polluters on board.
To take an example from an unrelated issue. Afrika got far less help against COVID-19. The result: a radically different coronavirus coming from there, now threatening the whole world. There are no ‘unimportant nations.’ Like there also are no unimportant people or Peoples. If the story of Noach can teach us anything then it should be that we’re all in the same boat.
The rich Free World must force the large dictator blocks to really join in the effort, China and Russia for starters. They must coerce them to curve climate change radically, and assist them if needed.
And the nations of the world in unison must seek to compensate countries suffering tremendously from cutting down coal and oil dramatically.
But, the West also must corner China and Russia in their attempt to divide up the globe between them. Unitedly, they must show them that starting WW III is only their demise. Even their win would mean territorial gain and power but humanity going extinct. Whose win is that?
And, we must urge the rich countries to stop exporting polluting industries only to blame the poor countries for the exported filth. The rich countries, with the huge overconsumption of meat, must compensate and assist the countries that saw their rainforests decimated for grasslands for grazing.
Being nice and permissive to bad (a Western flaw) would do us all in.
Glasgow shows saving humanity is no done deal yet. But still, it also shows that we have a chance. That’s all (would-be) activists need to know.
For those who want the Jewish angle on this: Thank G^d!