What happened at COP26? And what next?

A synopsis of the so-called Glasgow ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP26), by the Campaign against Climate Change (@campaigncc). It’s a disturbing, but thoroughly unsurprising, read:

What happened at COP26? And what next?

My summary, in a haiku:

In Pandora’s Box
Hope’s frosty note lay unread:
“Down pub getting drunk.”

There are some who denigrate those who, like me, consider that it is imperative that our entire civilization must take action now to reverse the trend. They call us ‘doomers’ for using words like ‘crisis’ and ’emergency’, and for arguing that if we continue to delay then the results will be catastrophic. They accuse people who say such things of spreading undue fear. But such an attitude plays right into the hands of those whose objective is further inaction and delay, and who promote a continuation of the totally unsustainable ‘business as usual’.

It polarizes the public and then that makes it harder to get consensus and progress.

John Cook, research fellow at Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub in Australia, and climate misinformation expert (via Desmogblog).

Those who would have us continue on our current course are cynically manipulating the majority, who, as they know full well, do not grasp the reality of exponential growth.

The Titanic is heading for an iceberg, and the fools at the helm believe her to be unsinkable. Yet, if the wheel is not turned now, the lumbering behemoth will not have enough time to avoid the inevitable collision.

Someday the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too will die.
“Someday the earth will weep,
she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood.
You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die,
and when she dies, you too will die.”
Hollow Horn Bear, Brulé Lakota 18501913

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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9 Responses to What happened at COP26? And what next?

  1. People are too slow to change, and $ unfortunately rules the game.

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  2. Greed…greed…nothing but greed.
    The more showy one, the more fun one feels.
    Helpful people,helpless people and these greedy people all die together that is the prophecy!

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  3. Ju-Lyn says:

    Have just visited your 2013 post coincidentally about climate change. I am sighing.

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    • peNdantry says:

      The difference between then and now is that there are more people making more noise about the crisis. Still not enough, and there are still far too many who are in denial or believe that ‘the economy is all-important’, but at least it’s moving in the right direction.

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  4. Catxman says:

    There has to be an alternative. Just saying “no more fossil fuels” is not enough. We need energy to run our advanced technological economy.

    — Catxman

    http://www.catxman.wordpress.com

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    • peNdantry says:

      Our ‘advanced technological economy’ is destroying our home (and won’t survive that). You’re not wrong that saying “no more fossil fuels” is not enough. We have to rethink everything – and that’s complicated. Eliminating fossil fuels is a big part of the solution, and it’s a concept that can be communicated, and understood, in just four words, as you’ve illustrated.

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