For decades, the alarm bells of the climate changes have been ringing in our ears and seem to be getting louder with time. Unfortunately, we have failed to adopt the necessary change in our lifestyles. We all look up to today’s elites to save planet earth.
Well, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its first report on climate change more than two decades ago. The watershed file revealed the ominous impacts of the ever-increasing emissions. It also described the scale of the challenge in handling such an inexorable trend.
So far, there has been IPCC’s four subsequent reports, 23 international negotiations about climate change, many climate change conferences, and thousands of climate change articles and papers. Despite these efforts, the yearly emissions are over 60% higher than in 1990. And these numbers seem to be increasing each year. That simply means IPPC, an international community, has presided over decades of an abject failure to deliver any significant reduction in annual global emissions.
Let’s face it; the rhetoric of action is already ramping up. Carbon capture and storage, nuclear energy, and renewable sources of energy can eventually slow down the annual emissions decades to come. Yet, it appears that the politicians and other elites who talk so confidently these climate change control measures are guilty of misunderstanding the basic science concept of climate change.
Note that we are facing a ‘cumulative climate change problem’ with the ever-rising global temperatures relating to the increase in carbon dioxide levels. Given the today’s ineffective climate change control measures, fear and delusion will bequeath the humankind and other species tomorrow, decades, and even centuries to come. Who will save planet earth?
The preference for short-lived hedonism (for the lucky ones) over the long-term planet earth stewardship is simply a choice for politically expedient advocacy for a gradual change over revolutionary change. In fact, the latter is a prerequisite for attaining the Paris 1.5C and 2C commitments to keep total emissions as low as possible. Can this rapid change ever be anything more than a fantasy?
There is some light at the end of the tunnel
This millennium’s first two decades were marked by a series of climate change issues, though not in a positive direction. These crises revealed the internal failure of our much-praised free market model to regulate itself and deliver on its primary tenet: Efficient allocation of resources. Besides, these climate chaos have taught us how, with the right political will, finances could be mobilized by a simple stroke of a pen.
As monetarists and bankers regrouped probably to thwart the progressive intervention, much of the media power was being by the amorphous turns and twists of the fast-growing social media networks. Besides, various political institutions in different parts of the world have been facing severe challenges from the right, left, and unforeseen situations.
Set against all these, and despite any orchestrated denial campaign, we all have a common acceptance that the response to global climate change requires unwavering government intervention. It’s in this new confluence where we have a hope of turning the tide.
And that’s the reality.
Think of a planet where climate academics are truly honest with economic policymakers about their analysis, conclusions, and recommendations. Space where disagreements are discussed constructively and openly. Additionally, a conference table that engages younger generations listened to an honest breed of economic policymakers who play a straighter bat.
Think of nations and global communities where an enlightened ‘quantitative easing’ transfer resources, not to giant warehouses and banks, but mobilize a significant transformation in retrofitting the current buildings and transforming our today’s energy infrastructure. A political reform agenda could emerge, eradicate fuel poverty, drive innovations, improve the quality of urban air, lower the level of carbon emissions significantly, and more.
Take your imaginations a notch higher to embed a trusted media reporting on this revolution to a savvy and highly responsive audience.
These are some of the conditions that can usher in a new paradigm shift. Literally, these conditions don’t seem to be happening any soon. But who would have predicted President Trump’s reign, the early demise of the Arab Spring, the plummeting price of renewable energy, or even the unexpected collapse of the western banking system?
Most economical and political pontificators, backed by the naysayers and known elites, were still unable to see and act beyond the 20th century’s horizon. However, the 21st century is currently proving how the future might be a different world – planet earth that can be reshaped by clear alternative interpretations of equity, sustainability, and prosperity.