It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.
— Sir Winston Churchill
It is easy to get cynical when discussing climate change. The COP21-agreement in Paris was only a success when measured against the economic and political realities of the world today. Compared to what would be needed to save humanity, it fell far short. Even if countries live up to the commitments they made ahead of COP21 – and this is by no means guaranteed – the average temperature of the Earth will still grow by almost +3°C, which is not compatible with anything like a safe future for our children.
The problem is that even now – 24 years after the world agreed to solve the problem in Rio – we are still very far from having a realistic plan for dealing with the climate crisis. Of course, everybody know what needs to be done: we need to stop using fossil fuel as soon as possible. Unfortunately, even though everyone is talking about energy efficiency, fuel prices are lower than ever and energy companies still spend billions of dollars per year trying to find more fossil fuel, rather than investing in renewables.
Winston Churchill once said that “however beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results”. Everybody agrees that we are on the road to disaster. The US foreign secretary John Kerry has compared global warming to weapons of mass destruction, the World Economic Forum sees climate change as the biggest threat to humanity, and both the Pope and Henry Paulson, a former Wall Street insider and US Secretary for the Treasury, call for immediate action. When it comes to climate change, there are no political differences.
What are we waiting for? I believe that the climate crisis can be fixed easily without a lot of red tape and regulations. The simple plan to do so can be found here. If anyone has a better idea, please let me know. However, doing nothing is not an option anymore. Unless we get serious about stopping global warming, the future of our children looks very bleak indeed.
As Mahatma Gandhi put it: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” I looking forward to the fight, but I could need some help.