So, COP26 in Glasgow is a failure.
That seems to be the consensus today in the Twitterverse with the hash tag #COP26.
There is a lot of disappointment and sadness — and anger.
You had to know it would turn out this way. I’m not going to get into the blame game here — and there is lots of blame to go around now.
Perhaps the first mistake negotiators made was to go into it with the spirit of “compromise.” That’s a word that should have been banned from the outset. You simply cannot compromise with the Grim Reaper of Climate Change.
But even if COP26 had been the greatest of success and global carbon emissions disappeared overnight, we still have to face the consequences — or karma — of mankind’s emissions to this point. It’s like a disease that has to run its course, and the course may be far worse than anyone can imagine now if last summer’s extreme weather events are any indication. Let me coin a new (I think) term here: Rapid Onset Climate Disasters (ROCD) may be the norm in the months to come.
Still, the vast majority of people will carry on as if climate change is nothing to worry about. Just look at the morning and evening rush hour traffic flowing in and out of urban centres around the world. The economy is God. And even if public transport may be an option, many would prefer to drive their own gas guzzlers to their workplaces. It’s a vicious circle that may ultimately only be ended with the total demise of the human race.
Remind you of a certain Biblical flood story?
Turned out Mother Nature was the real God.
“What have they done to the Earth
What have they done to our fair sister
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit it
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down . . .”
Que sera, sera. There’s only so much an individual can do. I’ve got solar, my house is mostly electric, I hardly drive anywhere. I do my tiny bit to try to influence others. I can complain to the appropriate authorities whether they listen or not is beyond my control. My job is to try to ride out whatever happens as best I can.
You’re way ahead of a lot of people when it comes to solar. That’s the way of the future, I think, if mankind survives climate armageddon.
Oh, we’ll survive as a species. That doesn’t mean that billions won’t die. If you reduce the population enough and the standard of living declines enough, it will solve itself.
Think the Black Death in the 13th century. But I imagine we’ll have carbon martial law before it gets that bad.
I agree. Carbon martial law is coming. I think the human species will survive, but modern civilization won’t make it. Most of its infrastructure will be wiped out by climate change. So, yes, billions will be wiped out, with only a few million stragglers left behind to live in the nooks and crannies of the Earth’s surface — what’s left of it.
It’s a grim scenario, but it’s not science fiction anymore.