Climate Change and Global Warming Part 2

climate-change_300Yesterday’s post focused on a leaked draft of a United Nations Report obtained by Bloomberg.com The document claims that humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet if nothing is done to limit fossil fuel emissions. Today’s post includes additional responses by Zintro experts who weigh in on the issue.

Chris Soebroto owns a company that provides sustainability advice. He says, “The ‘leaked’ report says nothing new, really. Unfortunately, the world still is largely incapable of addressing the issues. Compare that with the relative speed with which domestic and international political issues are dealt with. That is probably because they pose immediate threats and because we know how to deal with them- sort of.

Climate change issues seem overwhelming. The disasters happen far into the future (or so we ‘hope’) and there’s little we can do to prevent them (we may reason). Unless the overwhelmingly big and complicated issues can be broken down into pieces that we all can relate to at a personal level, and that make politicians worry about their re-election if they don’t tackle them, the age of homo sapiens may be over before we know it.”

Victor de la Torre is a Political Scientist with 20 years of work experience in the international cooperation sector appraising, designing, and executing interventions in institutions and NSAs in executive positions. He explains, “The effort displayed so far by the most polluting countries to reduce our CO2 emissions is insufficient because our politicians have made believe that the main solutions will come from scientific innovations to improve efficiency in fuel utilisation and power generation. This is a superficial understanding of the root cause of the problem that will be resolved in the short term by regulating energy costs according to the purpose, for what purpose, we consume our energy.

“Is it fair that a big department store lights up a large building facade just to attract more consumers, does it improve in any tangible way the quality of our lives or it is just a selfish action to make more money? Is it justified to allow super-sized retailers to open massive outlets that wipe out the smaller players, the ones “near your house,” and force you to drive 30 km or more to be able to purchase a pair of sport shoes or a bicycle? Is it intelligent to allow the production of cheap and low quality products that are condemned to break after a few uses and that cannot be repaired? The irresponsible consumption of energy is the root cause of the climate change in today’s times.

“True change will only be reached through fundamental changes in the way our societies regulate the production and consumption of goods, reduce transport needs and encourage a mode of life that is simpler. This approach collides categorically with the basic rule that our economies encourage people to buy and do things that they don’t really need that’s why our leaders and production sector are not able to lead us towards successfully combating climate change. It is here to stay and hurt us beyond our imagination.”

Finally,  Environmental Communicator and Climate Change expert Yoseph Berhane Gebremenhin shares his thoughts, “ I fully agree with the IPCC statement that without additional mitigation activities global warming will lead to very high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts. In my opinion we need to work more on mitigation actions to reverse the impending impact.”
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