January 27, 2020

Postscript : Climate Change

If you are old enough, you will remember that the French Government blew up a boat belonging to Greenpeace in the Auckland harbor, New Zealand. (If you aren’t old enough - trust me - this is not a movie - this is history.) That was 35 years ago - 14 years after Greenpeace was founded to protest the detonation of a nuclear bomb. Since the early 90s Greenpeace has had a broader goal that puts Climate Change front and centre. They are but one organization fighting that particular battle.

It took until 2016 for The Paris Agreement to come together and really is only the world’s united effort to start to fight climate change. The only countries recognized as ‘significant emitters’ that have not signed are Iran and Turkey.

Anyway - must be all going smoothly. Right?

Captain Peter Wilcox was the skipper and onboard the Rainbow Warrior in 1985. He still is the skipper of Rainbow Warrior (the third).

“I’m scared that we have lost the battle against climate change. But this stuff gets me up in the morning…..I say we’re losing, does that mean I’m gonna stop? No. Absolutely not. I’ll go down fighting. We’re not winning, we’re not succeeding. Global warming is getting worse, and worse, and worse and we haven’t even started to change the way we live on the planet”.

Captain Peter Wilcox

If you feel helpless - imagine how Peter feels.

If I stop using plastic bags, recycle and am I ‘carbon neutral’? What good is that in the fight against climate change? What can a single person do? I don’t know … but don’t tell the mosquito in a tent that it is ineffective.

Moreover, The United States of America has pulled out of the Paris Agreement.

Meanwhile, climate activist Greta Thunberg has risen from relative obscurity to Time Person of the Year and nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in less than 18 months, all the while being made fun of by bullies like Donald Trump and Steve Mnuchin.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”

I think we are around stage two/three on ‘climate’.

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