The narrative about Europe heatwave only adds to the bells of alarm that are not just chiming, they are clanging in urgency. Europe heat doesn’t signal need for climate action — it says that it’s almost too late to do much. And reversing the effects of today and this moment will take decades. For example,
Across India, people, cities, organisations and landmarks joined hands with around 7000 cities across 187 countries and observed Earth Hour 2019 on Saturday, 30 March, from 20:30 to 21:30 hours. This year’s global theme was #Connect2Earth, where people, companies and organisations need to find tools to push for action on nature.
Let me place two cards on the table at the start. One. I find Greta Thunberg, the 16-year old prophetess of climate Armageddon, a presence at once impressive and alarming. But I find the fawning adulation with which she was received by political London plain disturbing.
It has become fashionable on social media and in certain publications to argue that capitalism is killing the planet. Even renowned investor Jeremy Grantham, hardly a radical, made that assertion last year.
This week, we have seen protesters led by activist group Extinction Rebellion cause disruption to London commuters as they try to wake everyone up to the fact that climate change is happening and that we’d probably better do something about it before we all drown with our eyeballs on fire.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry, the man who negotiated and signed the landmark Paris climate accord on behalf of the United States, is working on a new initiative that will seek to punish President Donald Trump and other politicians for failing to combat climate change.
This week environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion, with the help of veteran broadcaster David Attenborough , has pushed the issue of climate change to the top of the news agenda. One section of society, however, are conspicuous in their absence, both in terms of those involved in the direct action and in the way we’re talking about the climate crisis: people of colour.
As the floodwaters slowly recede and cholera breaks out here in Mozambique, I recall the iconic image of the mum and her “miracle baby born in a tree” being winched from the branches above the swirling flood waters in Mozambique almost 20 years ago.
The report about nature and consumption of resources backs all the reports we have seen so far. It’s a climate apocalypse and will definitely pave the way for the apocalypse of the human species. Which is good. The spurt of human population brings to mind algal blooms. It occurs when algae flourish on the surface of ponds when there is an abundance of algae nutrition. But this algae causes lack of oxygen for the other marine creatures thereby killing them. Humans are that algae. And one day the algae nutrition as well as the marine life will be over. And the algae will collapse on itself.
Human beings owe much to nature as it offers everything necessary to sustain and lead a happy life, including sunshine, water and fresh air. Instead of nurturing such a precious benefactor, humans are increasingly bent on destroying nature and that’s really heart breaking. A landmark United Nations report on the state of nature