Just how worrying is this climate news?
I shouldn't laugh when being interviewed about negative news, but I did, albeit just a little, before formulating an answer.
Do you remember my post about all those reports about the climate crisis a few days ago? If you missed it, you can read it by clicking here.
The "State of Climate Action 2023" report, published by Systems Change Lab, studied 42 indicators to assess the world's progress towards the 2030 climate targets. It concluded that 41 are not on track.
To remind you of a few conclusions: government subsidies on fossil fuels nearly doubled between 2020 and 2021, deforestation is increasing, the rollout speed of renewable energy should double, and we have to accelerate the closing of coal power plants by a factor of seven.
After TRT had shared some information from the study in the introduction to my five-minute live interview, the first question I got was: "Just how worrying is this news?"
I laughed. I laughed since I needed a few seconds to process that question. I laughed at the thought that the sad news about the rapid, large-scale destruction of the only home we have needed some kind of qualifier, a scale, or superlative.
I don't know if there is a methodology to measure the worry scale. Suppose you interview a house owner in an area where a forest fire rages. The introduction says that the fire is more extensive and developing faster than experts had predicted; only half the water is available to put out the fire while the wind is increasing and now blows in the direction of the owner's house. The garage is already on fire, and no firefighter can reach the place.
A journalist calls the man on his smartphone while trapped in his house and asks: "Just how worrying is the news?"
So the man in his burning house answers: "It can hardly get worse; I have nowhere to go; I can't understand that there are still people who don't recognize the urgency of my situation. All the firemen tell me it is only worsening unless putting out this fire is made the absolute priority for everyone involved".
I echoed this poor man; I only translated it to a global scale.
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Two days ago, I wrote:
A year (and one day) ago, TRT also interviewed me about climate change; you can find that video in this post: