If prosperity were the answer, then poverty would be the question!
Solving prosperity seems to be well in hand.
And poverty is ignored by everyone except those living in its dank shadow.
Long ignored more than poverty has been the health of our planet, whether the weather can be managed, and how hot it is getting!
Well, this year, COP26 is going to solve all of that.
Indeed they are because every bully has a pulpit, and every media outlet is covering their noise. If the loudest voices get their way, this pandemic gridlock slowdown we’ve experienced will be a breeze by comparison.
Media floodlights focused on Glasgow and area airports rife with private jets, international ‘singing from the same song sheet’ politics, so suggesting those bullies are over-spouting from their bully pulpits is likely to offend – and at the risk of offending everyone with a pulse, maybe there are ‘alternative views’ of this landscape.
I am not a climate change denying fool.
But I’m not a sheep either. Climate concerns are real, so buckle up!
Solutions, however, are not so simple, and the picture of everyone leaping on the latest bandwagon to roll through town is not new. Remember ‘social license,’ then ESG (Environment, Social Responsibility, Governance), and now it’s Net-Zero.
Word leaders, you are talking about going too-fast and too-far, and too-soon – and we understand the rhetoric because you know, in your respective countries, you can’t emerge from a paper bag without your hands tied.
Countries and industries will say the right things too but be stymied by governments moving too slow, not going far enough – too often too late to do the intended good something, or to do it well.
Yes, we need to reduce emissions – but giving offsets on paper doesn’t stop chimneys. Capturing carbon or trading credits, or taxing it doesn’t make less carbon. The incentives and disincentives methods are working like those tools have always worked – not very well.
Climate and weather are impossible to get our arms around.
What can we all do one at a time that will make a difference?
Eat less meat, spend less, drive less, consolidate our footprint, read more, walk more, think more – let’s all do those things and imagine the difference X 7.5 billion!
Hydrogen power, carbon-capture, carbon taxes, and the cleverest of algorithms won’t stop the next ice age, the next phase of the earth warming and cooling and doing whatever the sun does.
More effort is spent every day on taxes, politics, scandals, entertainment and tension – everywhere on this planet – and the minute COP26 is over, the world media will refocus on what sells newspapers, soap, and 30-second spots. The world is built on trade, on power, on pointing and clicking. Social media, or any media for that matter, has little control over the levers of power over climate, weather, global warming, or the stock markets.
Making real effective change regarding our planet’s health is not in the hands of media, governments, or NGOs – it’s in our hands. All of us are in this together, but one at a time.
Do good things.
Get 7.5 billion people to follow.
We don’t need to be bullies, and we are best to avoid standing at a pulpit with a bullhorn.
We can only do what we can control – and when you consider so many people are ignoring the message, those who care need to do more. More is not yelling louder. More is not yelling louder at a larger audience.
More is doing our share and then doing a bit more …
It’s like shoveling your walk and then shoveling your neighbour’s walk.
Regarding climate issues and global warming, we could reduce our consumption of everything and spend more carefully, and if we tell two friends, and they tell two friends …