At COP28, all 198 countries that signed the UNFCCC will meet. Over the years, this annual event seems to have grown even faster than the greenhouse gas emissions it tries to limit.
Very just ! And it is very regrettable that political issues, of power, or money, ultimately take precedence over the issues of fighting the climate crisis!
Every word is concise and focused, stated succinctly and clearly so anyone can clearly understand without being schooled in the scientific field. You’ve covered all the pertinent facts without either sugar coating or screaming warnings. Simply laying it on the line.
Excellent visuals to support everything you said.
Let me also say how much I admire your decisions to not attend these gatherings and your reasons in doing so. It’s the distinguishing mark of a true voice for climate who lives what he says. Never doubt you are an important voice. I only wish your voice was heard by many more.
Extra points for “minus the oil lobbyists exempted from moral considerations”. 😉
A number that makes the dizzy...
Your conclusion is very important, whatever this figure of 70,000 is,
"it is above all a question of political will".
And for this, it seems necessary to have direct links between representatives of the scientific community and decision-makers to explain to them the measures to be taken with the sole aim of combating global warming.
Are all 70,000 people really necessary to shed light on these debates?
And explain to decision-makers the « practical measures » that can help achieve the essential objectives against climate change ?
Where there are rulers, there is power. Power is a pattern, neither good nor bad until those who use it make it so. It is an agreement with the connections and differences that have meaning across space and time. Time keeps ticking, faster than ever, but there is still space and opportunity to change and rethink similarities, to see the opposite side reflected in the mirror. Let’s hope.
“Do not be a slave to your past – dive into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so that you may return with new self-respect, with new power and with an advanced experience that will explain and overlook the old. ” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you for the review and self-explanatory charts, alarming as they may be. Does it really take 70,000 people flying to Dubai to accomplish the goals of COP 28? You mentioned many are there to network, but do not have a role in the proceedings. Is that really helpful? Perhaps informal gatherings produce ideas 💡 for change (I can only relate to the meetings in my history in NIH sponsored cancer research, perhaps 450 professionals / meeting ). The dollars expended could be used for so many productive alternatives, and the emissions from travel alone must be astronomical. The conflict of interests at this site alarms me especially, but I must presume that officials planning the meeting are aware and wiser than I. We will hope for a good outcome. ❤️🌎🕊️
Thank you for what you do and the years you've given to this crucial mission. I have called myself an environmental activist since the 80s and became part of an off-shoot of Nader's Raiders, cleaning waterways. It was then I discovered, regrettably, that our federal agencies were not really in place for the people. But I continued to do what I could. Then in 2011 I encountered you on Twitter and began to think of activism in yet another way. One-on-one interaction. It takes an exhaustive and exhausting amount of diplomacy changing one mind at a time.
PS Would you address in a newsletter the topic of Carbon Capture? In speaking of leaders, one of our (unlikely at present) to win candidates for President in 2024, Nikki Haley, has said that carbon capture would be her preference in dealing with the crisis and that doesn’t seem to gel with what I recall about its efficacy? Another topic of concern I just glanced at yesterday was the receding of the Amazon which would be catastrophic to inhabitants and the precious remaining rainforest. Thoughts? Later perhaps. 🤔