In 2004, I attended COP7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia, as part of the Irish delagation. I can’t say it was a previlage – it was an experience. I felt very dis-empowered. The enormity of the challenges we faced at that time are much more pronounced today. Nineteen COP’s later just look at the fucking mess we are handing on to our children and future generations.

The ‘Rhode’ to Glasgow

“Betrayal.”

That’s how young people around the world describe our governments’ failure to cut carbon emissions. And it’s no surprise.

In 2004, I attended COP7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia, as part of the Irish delagation. I can’t say it was a previlage – it was an experience. I felt very dis-empowered. The enormity of the challenges we faced at that time are much more pronounced today. Nineteen COP’s later just look at the fucking mess we are handing on to our children and future generations.

My experience at COP7 re-inforced my strongly held opinion and belief that we can do more good and take more action locally that will have more positive global impact. We have to its the only approach that ever worked.

I wish all who attend COP26 in Glasgow the very best. We know what we need to do. This is our last chance. Just Do it!

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Almost everything being said by powerful governments at COP26 is a distraction from the crucial task: keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd November 2021

In some respects, preventing climate breakdown is highly complicated. But in another, it’s really simple: we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground. All the bluster and grandstanding, the extravagant promises and detailed mechanisms discussed in Glasgow this week amount to nothing if this simple and obvious thing doesn’t happen.

A recent study in the scientific journal Nature suggests that to stand a 50% chance of avoiding more than 1.5C of global heating, we need to retire 89% of proven coal reserves, 58% of oil reserves and 59% of fossil methane (“natural gas”) reserves. If we want better odds than 50-50, we’ll need to leave almost all of them untouched. MORE…

George Monbiot

Activist & Journalist, The Guardian

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