Let's balance out

Australia and World Economic Forum
Published by Charlie on 2020-01-16
LET'S BALANCE OUT

It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
BAD NEWS

Obviously lately the worst news you could find about the climate are the Australia bushfires. Australia has been burning for some time now, as everybody knows.

Everybody agrees, this is a devastating time to live in, but not nearly as devastating as to live under the actual consequences of climate change.

Scientists say that what is happening in Australia, apart from being an obvious consequence of the climate crisis, is what we have to expect to happen on a daily basis if we don't manage to keep the average rising of the temperatures under 3C. And actually the situation is even more serious, because these we are seeing now are the consequences of out actual temperature conditions.
Point is: if we allow temperature rise to grow over 3C the consequences could be even worse.

Another very interesting article I read about the Australian situation is this one. From the bottom of my heart, please read it. What if at some point, that sense of uselessness we feel while watching these apocalyptic pictures just goes away? What if at some point we will finally manage to get rid of that uncomfortable feeling, that sense of guilt, that crawls in our heads when we think about climate change?
What if we get used to climate disasters?
GOOD NEWS

We have to stay strong and unite. We can not stop fighting for our future. Hell, we cannot stop fighting for our present.

And that's exactly what Greta and all the guys from the Fridays For Future are going to do next week. If you didn't know, next week the World Economic Forum will take place in Davos, Switzerland. Greta will be there, as she stated to the Guardian, with the aim to convince world leaders, investors etc to abandon the fossil fuel economy.

What the movement asks is to drop fossil fuels, which are at the heart of the climate crisis causes, and to invest in sustainable energy and technologies. And they want it now, not by 2050, not by 2025, not by 2021, but now.

Of course, it's more complicated than that, will they make it? What will come out from this Forum? Only time will answer us.


Photograph: Andrew Quilty/The Guardian
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