Can the vested interests of a few
converge with the needs of the many?
Why is it that consumerism is flaunted
as the means to prosperous and happy societies?
What ever the politicians say or do,
it simply won't be enough to prevent the climate chaos that is coming.
The only answer from the experts, to the financial crisis seemed to be
pump in more money into a system that converted greed into wealth for a
few. Did the world governments see
this coming and avert their gaze? The resultant mess and confusion has
cost the people of the world dearly, and it can't just be bad luck or a
few people misleading the many. We colluded in it!
The slower, but much more devastating
effects of the change in the climate will be tackled in an
equally calamitous and shabby way.
Key questions to ask of our world
leaders, who are enamored with money and power, are why are we not
protecting the only resource we know to effectively capture carbon and increase our chances to stabilise the
global warming - ( that might actually involve stopping the logging and
destruction of all forms of rainforest, arboreal forests)?
What does the cap and trade ideology
actually promote? Increasing consumerism, without technology transfer? And can we align desire to create
wealth without a mechanism to actually distribute aid and compassion to
the millions who will suffer because of the continuing global warming?
Will we also collude in the misery of the wretched lives of millions
least able to change their lot in life?
Why call this a message of hope then?
I feel that the seeds of change are
planted in the fertile soils now. The people and institutions who
actually matter and can influence are the actions of the millions who
care are here amongst us.
We can distribute wealth to those who
need it - we can shut out the illegal loggers and financial chancers
who act against our common good. Easily! The
technologies we need to transfer are not huge projects by multi
nationals. If we refocus on local needs being solved and neighbours
helping each other we create economic multipliers in the communities
that need the money/resources' to improve their lives. We can protect
the non human world by not "buying into" consuming it!
Climate change is unavoidable, and
worryingly, it may not stay at the cosy two degrees in global
warming the politicians hope for. We have a chance to change the
structures and institutions that direct the efforts of the developed
world - this is our task for the next 10-20 years. It will not avoid
the pain, but recognise the needs for the future generations.