Faced With a Possible Climate Meltdown, Do We Humans Care Enough to Save Ourselves?

“Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread. We are still knocking on the door of climate catastrophe.” – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 14th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Even before the COP26 global climate summit (what one of NAL’s readers took to calling COP Out 26) was drawing to a close in Glasgow, Scotland this November 13th, climate activists around the world – young and old – expressed concern that the pact agreed to by almost 200 nations around the world, including Canada, would not be enough to avert a planetary disaster.

The political leaders of many countries that signed this pact tried to explain that this pact comes a long way, but you can’t move the needle to something approximating zero use of climate-ravaging fossil fuels that fast.

This excuse for doing less than what is now necessary to defuse a bomb ticking ever closer to midnight for our future ignores the fact that one generation of political leaders after another, including the people they represent, have been warned for decades that the severe droughts, windstorms and wildfires, not to mention the devastating flooding and mudslides on Canada’s west coast that are playing out now, were coming if we did not change our ways.

At least as far back as the first Earth Day in 1970, an ‘Environmental Handbook’, prepared by Friends of the Earth for the event said; “Scientists are becoming worried about increasing CO2 levels because of the greenhouse effect, with its possible repercussions on the world climate.”

In the 1990s, there was another warning from the late, great American scientist Carl Sagan (who was then producing a television serious called Cosmos) that you can watch by clicking on the screen below –

To hear politicians and representatives of fossil fuel industries now saying – after they squandered away some 50 years to act – that they can’t be expected to shift gears overnight is like listening to an errant grade-school child make up excuses for not doing their homework.

Young climate activists like Greta Thunberg don’t buy these “the-dog-ate-my-homework” excuses and neither should anyone of us  concerned about the climate crisis that is unfolding around us right now.

Greta recently put it this way – “Unless we achieve immediate, drastic, unprecedented, annual emission cuts at the source then that means we’re failing when it comes to this climate crisis,” she said.. “Small steps in the right direction”, “making some progress” or “winning slowly” equals loosing.”

I have been on this earth for quite a few decades myself now and I am still puzzled as to why humans who prides itself in being the most intelligent of species is not far-sighted enough to respond to something that threatens our survival until the last minute.

Do we really care about our future and the future of our children on this planet?

I think of something once said by John Young, one of the Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon in the years around that first Earth Day five decades ago.

Let me leave you hear with this message from longtime American environmentalist Bill McGibben –

‘It’s a fairytale that world governments will fix our climate crisis. It’s up to us.’

Amen.

  • Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

To read a few related articles, click on –

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cop26-coal-compromise-climate-deal-summit-1.6248013

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-59277788

To hear a warning to humans, issued one moretime from a dinosaur that crashed a United Nations meeting on climate change, click on the screen below –

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