November 30, 2007

All consuming problem

Filed under: Environment — 4fooey @ 11:30 pm

If you believe the reports from the UN and IPCC (and there’s no reason not to) then the problem of climate change is one of the most important issues we need to tackle – and the solutions to this problem need to be global. That’s why it’s so important that when global leaders meet in Bali next week they agree a radical, very tough but also achievable treaty to tackle climate change. The lives of billions of people are at stake, as is the future of thousands of species, and even the survival of the planet – problems don’t come much more challenging than that! This issue will also have an impact on global peace and stability which, by itself, seems increasingly fragile.

The biggest contributor to climate change it seems is the emission of CO2, along with other gas emissions and polution such as methane. And the biggest contributing factors to the emission of carbon dioxide is the burning of fossil fuels and the release of CO2 as well as the destruction of massive amounts of forest, such as rainforests, that absorb CO2 and neutralise its emission. These 2 factors are where the massive problem we face lies: we consume huge amounts of fossil fuel (for energy generation and manufacturing) and we destroy natural habitat and plunder resources at an alarming rate. Obviously we need to find alternative fuels and ways to generate energy, but we also need to dramatically reduce the amount we consume.

The problem with reducing and conserving is that our economies are not geared for conservation, reduction – for sustainability. Our whole western way of life is geared towards consumption – and as other countries develop the problem will get much worse. In an article “Focus on carbon ‘missing the point’“, Eamon O’Hara comments “Ultimately, our problem is consumption,… The world simply does not have the resources, renewable or otherwise, to sustain Western lifestyles across the globe.”

The leaders meeting in Bali need to take a lead – surely by now, with all the mounting evidence, they will see that they must do something, and urgently. The solutions need to be political, cultural, economic and technological. The Stern report published earlier in 2007 said that it will be cheaper to act now than to try to sort out the mess later – let’s hope the Bali conference comes up with something that we can all work with to solve this all consuming problem.


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