Almost 200 nations have agreed to ‘work out the rules’ over the next 2 years about how countries will report and monitor their national pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions at COP22. Does that mean that in 2018 climate change will finally be tackled at a global level? Developed nations have committed to ‘build towards’ the goal of providing 100 billion dollars per year in climate finance to developing countries by 2020. Yet 48 developing countries most at risk said they would strive for 100% renewable energy ‘as soon as possible.’
This fuzzy language triggers a huge sigh from this green being. If someone’s drowning, are you going to ‘think about’ helping them, or ‘try to’ help them? Or are you going to do something concrete? For at the same time the Arctic Resilience Report is published, compiled by 11 organisations, including the Arctic Council and six universities. And it says that the Arctic is now 20C above normal for this time of the year! Figures are ‘off the charts.’ So the rapid ice melt now risks triggering 19 tipping points, with catastrophic consequences planet wide. ‘Changes in the region could cause uncontrollable climate change at a global level.’ So whilst the warning signals are getting louder, the nations are still arguing about who is going to pay for what and HOW to humanity.
But all is not lost. Across the world people are rising up and taking charge of their little piece of the globe – changing their habits, making new choices, forging friendships and opening gateways to unforeseen collaborations and capacities. This is the largest social movement on the planet. The Great Turning. Over 2 million people are hearing the call to widen their self-interest and act for the sake of life on Earth. Ordinary people are changing their minds, lives and communities towards a more just and sustainable world. We are the people with the moral capacity – and faith in the goodness of Life – to do whatever we can to change the world. Will it help in light of the large scale destruction? We don’t know for sure, however this does not stop us. Uncertainty does not paralyse us, in fact it inspires us even more.
Join the movement. Know that you are not alone. We talk to each other. We share what we know. We share our skills for the greater good. And we love what we’re doing. Nothing is more exciting than creating a beautiful world in your own personal sphere of influence. Each person responds to this call in a unique way. This newsfeed is simply our humble offering. Share your stories, help us reach more people, pass on the news, interrogate your own life – your consumption habits, your allegiance to keeping quiet when things are wrong, your work, your transport. No step of the way is exempted from impact on the climate and hence all of our future here.
Enjoy the read and watch that footprint this festive season. Do a greener holiday. This is fun and creative living.
Elma, Ruben and the rest of the team.
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Severe-to-extreme heatwave conditions are predicted to hit central and southern Queensland and northern New South Wales for three days from Friday, with temperatures forecast to crack 40 degrees Celsius in some parts.
The Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) draft update to the Integrated Resource Plan 2010-2030 (IRP) would not include any new nuclear or any new coal if the annual new-build limits on renewables were lifted.
South Africa’s government has slowed its nuclear power expansion plans, according to a draft energy paper, although state energy utility Eskom said the country should stick to its original plan of bringing a new plant online by 2025.
Greed and the desire for increasingly rare “trophies” have resulted in a boom in illegal wildlife trafficking. This is a gruesome trade that is rapidly pushing the earth’s endangered species toward extinction.
Miracle Waters is an old open cast chrome mine that has been transformed into a large, clear diving lake filled with fresh spring water. Situated just outside Brits and surrounded by the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range.
A South African graduate and four other young African scientists from Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ethiopia and Togo are among 25 academic individuals to receive prestigious awards for their research at this year’s Green Talent Awards.