We gave up on climate long ago. We have known since the 70s of last century what the result of burning fossil fuels would be, and…..
- We have had decades of avoidance.
- Decades of pretending it is not a problem.
- We’ve had fossil fuel companies and corporate networks pushing against action.
- Corporately owned and controlled media has pretended that there is a major divergence of opinion about climate change, and promoted the fossil fuel company line.
- Various pro-corporate think tanks have spread false information, to delay action and keep the system going.
- We’ve had governments trying to make sure its always someone else who acts first.
- We’ve had pro-corporate political parties refusing to act at all.
- We’ve had pro-corporate political parties claiming that climate change was politicized, as they went about politicizing it.
- We’ve had governments sponsor and encourage fossil fuels with taxpayers’ money.
- We’ve had confusion as in Germany where they increased emissions from lignite and locked in diesel while they almost went renewable.
- We have had a reduction in emissions, accidentally due to Covid, but (in the last 30 years) we have never reduced the trend of increasing CO2 in the atmosphere.
- We’ve had pro-corporate think tanks, media and parties shouting out that it will be the end of the world if we act to reduce pollution and environmental destruction.
As a result, the world will almost certainly will not act to achieve the Paris goals, and those goals will probably not have been steep enough to change the trajectory in any case.
We are gaining truly bizarre temperature levels in various places including the poles. We are getting almost global extreme flood and fire events. We are having collapses in animal and insect populations, that will disrupt the ecologies we depend upon for food.
It is logical to assume that as we reach tipping points, and the tundras release vast clouds of methane and we keep increasing the mining and burning of fossil fuels, that things will get much worse. This is only now the beginning.
And still we keep refusing to act.
It gets more difficult to act the more we wait, and the worse the conditions get.
However, we are learning the truth. Many corporations do not care whether your life and livelihood is threatened or whether their civilization is likely to collapse etc, as long as they can keep making an easy profit. Governments will rarely act against established corporate interests. We have also learnt that there are lots of people who will go along with them rather than face up to significant problems – and that they will think they are virtuous for acting that way.
The main problem hindering action on climate change remains politics and power relations, and there is little sign it is changing in the large scale. Governments and business will not do it for us. If we want action, we have to act ourselves and organize and act together.