Today is Blog Action Day and the topic is climate change – which is something I think about frequently but only in a peripheral way.
I was first introduced to this idea at university 15 or more years ago so I spent this evening seeing if I could search out one of the old essays I wrote back then. The specific essay I wanted was about climatic history since the arrival of homo sapiens on the planet. I remebered that it contained some predictive data and I was interested in seeing how this data stacked up today. I was also interested to see what my thinking back then was. I imagine I bordered on the radical. Unfortunately I couldn’t find what I was looking for.
These days I’ve probably become too comfortable with life’s little luxuries and I’m sure I don’t do enough personally. I imagine that there a lot of people like me on the planet.
However changes are happening to our planet and for once I find myself agreeing with Gordo…
“Like every parent, I want to leave a safe and secure world for my children. And I want to be able to look them in the eye because our generation stood up for their future.”
Although I wish it went further (in terms of an earlier peak for ommissions) I’m actually quite proud of the UK bid for Copenhagen and I pledged support online tonight. The pledge is copied below in full.
‘I call for a global deal on climate change, and I want it to be:
- Ambitious – no more than 2 degrees temperature rise, developed-country emissions to peak in five years; the whole world in ten
- Effective – keep countries to their word, and let money flow to where it will make most difference
- Fair – support the poorest countries to cut their emissions and adapt to climate change.’