Sunday, May 12, 2019

I Know, You Know, So Does Antonio

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, says the political will to fight climate change is "fading." From Deutsche Welle.

Guterres said the world was "not on track" to confine the rise in global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels as agreed in the 2015 Paris agreement. 
"The paradox is that as things are getting worse on the ground, political will seems to be fading," said the UN secretary general. 
"Climate change is running faster than what we are … the last four years have been the hottest registered," he said, adding that political inadequacy was evident "everywhere."
Gutteres urged the world community to, "protect the lives of our people."  As if.
His remarks precede a Climate Action Summit he plans to convene in New York in September where nations will be asked to present "concrete, realistic plans" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade and reach net zero by 2050. 
On Friday, Luis Alfonso de Alba, the top UN envoy entrusted with preparing September's summit, called for a "drastic" rethink of the global economic model. 
Required was a "transformation of the way we consume, the way we produce," de Alba said. "This is not a process in which we can aim at a gradual increase of ambitions."
"Concrete, realistic plans" by September? With Canada in an election campaign? Canadian governments don't do "concrete" or "realistic." Our governments are, however, world class when it comes to peddling horse shit.

And, as for a "drastic" rethink of the global economic model, Justin, like Chuckles, is an avowed neoliberal.  So that idea is simply not on.

Meanwhile, in Canada, it's wildfire season, again.  The 2019 season was officially kicked off with a state of emergency declared for the Fraser Lake area.
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako issued a state of emergencySaturday night and ordered people to leave an area near the community of Lejac, about five kilometres east of Fraser Lake. 
An evacuation alert is in place for a larger area, meaning people there have to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
A big shout out to the home team, the oil heads of Team Carbon Canada - Alberta and Saskatchewan, Scheer, Kenney and Moe, and Kid Pipeline, Justin Trudeau.


Anonymous said...

Hey, you forgot our guy, Thug Ford! Despite the brutal potholes on our highways, he's raising the speed limits! As ol' Neil said, "Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive. Keep on rockin' in the free world..."


The Mound of Sound said...

Sorry, Cap. My bad. When I think of your guy I tend to see cans of crap beer with a dollar sign on the can and shuttered libraries.

Owen Gray said...

I referred to a piece today by Tony Burman. He was hopeful that Geneeration Z would turn things around. There's not much time left.

The Mound of Sound said...

Thanks, Owen. I read your post and Burman's piece. He might be right but I'm not sure there's enough time, not without older generations kick starting political reform now, this year, in October.

Anonymous said...

"I'm not sure there's enough time" no there isn't unless we stop burning fossil fuels now.