All around the world organizations and private people alike are fighting to preserve earth and its climate.
The UN and other organizations (private people as well) doing a lot to save our planet as safe as possible. But, the forces that have even greater interest (yes, you guessed it right, money was always a strong interest) to keep things as they are, don’t get out of their usual “karma” to help…
This site will try to bring news and updated of the most important actions that are taken by the UN and other organization that are struggling together to save our earth.
The latest Climate Change conference took place at Durban in November 2011, here is a short brief of the status of negotiations by UNFCCC Executive Secretary:
The Panama Climate Change Conference took place in October 2011, here is the video summary of the main conclusions:
The link between food security and climate, originally by Kanayo F. Nwanze, the President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Many might think that there is some kind of a trade off between producing more food and saving the environment or the climate. This is not the case, at least according to Kanayo F. Nwanze. One of the thing the world should try and do is help small farmers to become more resilient to climate changes, that way the smaller farmers will be able to achieve two important things: Produce more food and make sure that it is sustainable to the ever changing environment.
The need to help smallholder farms to produce more food is crucial, in the near future there might be more mouths to feed then food if the farmers won’t be able to learn how to adjust to the environment changes.
Fossil fuel leads to world starvation?
According to FAO if the food industry will keep its dependency on fossil fuels there is a huge chance there won’t be enough food for the the world’s growing population. FAO recommend to the food industry to start using other energy sources then fossil fuels , the reasons are quite straight-forward:
- High and fluctuating prices - Doubts over future availability - Politics
The danger in putting a whole industry reliance on one energy source is simple – once that energy source is compromised or worst – gone, the whole industry that relied on that energy source might disappear as well. When it comes to food, this is something we can’t afford.
Just ten years ago, global climate change was considered a distant problem. However, the past decade has seen a rapid increase in environmental change. Several alarming developments are briefly summarized below.
• Global warming has caused Antarctic ice sheets to melt and Arctic glaciers to recede at faster-than-expected rates. The Arctic ice cap became smaller than ever in 2007. Some climatologists predict that by 2020, the region will become ice-free during the summers.• Global warming has been charged with intensifying the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes and droughts. Worldwide, many deaths result not only during these events, but also in the aftermath as people suffer from disease, diarrhea and malnutrition. Data from the World Health Organization suggest that in Africa between 2000 and 2010, up to 120 people died per million for environmental reasons.
• At the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, delegates agreed only to take modest steps against climate change. Critics have charged that the 2010 agreement fails to require the changes necessary for avoiding what scientists deem “dangerous climate change.”
There are things that can be done.
Actions that can be taken.
It is late but not too late.
One of the major changes made in the past decade in the struggle to stop the climate change, is the involvement of the “little guy”, people all around the world are becoming activists, more and more “local” and small actions are being taken. The major problem of the non-organized groups or individuals is as usual budget. Even the bigger organizations (at least most of them) are depending on donations, the smaller ones not to mention individual people have no budget. One of the famous 2010 stories is about Mark L., who put all is money into his personal “stop climate change project”, Mark almost went through bankruptcy putting all his money into his enviromental projects and even took multiple loans from various payday loans online sites, which are famous for their extremely high interest – this is an extreme example – you are not asked to risk any of your money to change the world – but take some action. If anyone would take a small step, make a small action our world, climate and future will look different.
The 21st century top polluter
You guessed right. Cars are still top polluters and although there are more and more green cars, in many countries the tax on the green cars in a very ridiculous way is much higher then the tax on regular cars.
It looks like Goverments are doing their best to promote green cars, you can see sites like the US Green Vehicle Guide and get the impression that enough is done by official offices to promote green cars. That is not the case, but before I show you some information about it, lets take a look at some stats.
Environment pollution stats caused by cars disturbing statistics:
- More then 70% of the environment pollution in Chinese metropolitan areas comes from vehicles.
- 42% of polluting of the environment pollution in Dubai comes from vehicles.
- 80% of polluting of the environment in Manila, the Philippines comes from auto traffic.
- CO2 pollutants from U.S. cars & trucks alone is all about a million TONS daily.
- CO2 pollutants all volcanoes is all about ½ million TONS daily.
- Human activities release over 130 occasions the quantity of CO2 released by volcanoes.
- About 5-7% from the contaminants from worn-out tires heads in to the air as PM10
or less dimensions. These PM dimensions can be harmful for that lung area.
- Expenses due to pollution growth is ~230%.
- 2010 cars are about 20 occasions cleaner than cars two decades ago.
- CO (deadly carbon monoxide) pollutants have decreased a substantial amount.
- HC (hydrocarbon) pollutants have decreased a substantial amount.
- PM 2.5 pollutants happen to be decreased with cleaner fuels.
With such terrible stats governments must do something, there are so many things that can be done, like decreasing the rate for car insurance for cars that are green,
if insurance companies would offer cheaper car insurance quotes for green cars it will drive people to use green cars. Instead polluting cars are cheaper, how stupid is that?!
The absurd thing is that Governments in many countries fund life insurance for their people, pollution make more people sick, hence life insurance more expensive. Bottom line, it should be Governments financial interest to make green cars cheaper and more accessible.
Actually anything can be a polluter these days, it is all depends on the way the product is manufactured and which substances are used, even products that sound as green as they can be like school playground equipment sometime are not environment friendly because the manufacturer tried to save some money and used cheaper materials which are not as green as they should have been.
While the world is full with stupidity, we must remember that it is also full with bright people who try to save it from itself:
The silent global polluter
Most people would agree that cigarettes are one of the worst polluters, but few will agree or even be aware that cigarettes are global polluters. The whole process of creating cigarettes, from growing the Tabacco until the production stages contain many steps that are hazardous to the environment, you can read recent research and overview about the global polluting effects of cigarettes here: http://unionsafe.labor.net.au/hazards/105771149422246.html. Nowadays and specially in the recent decades many “healthy” solutions for the smoking problem were created. One of the most effective way are electronic cigarettes, these cigarettes imitate the “real” unhealthy twin but without the bad effect, it is a green cigarette and one of the greener brand is the German E-Zigarette brand.
Shouting for protest is so 1995
There are many ways to make a protest in an efficient way, nowadays you can learn how to do it without shouting or using any “old fashion” methods, anyway, you should find as many advanced methods to make your voice count and if you are not sure what to do you should find someone who knows what he is doing and join him, just make sure to make a serious background check so you’d know that person really knows what he is talking about.
It is time for us to get on our feet and make the decision makers make the right decisions. In the past year we saw people all around the world fighting for their rights and removing their leaders from leading them, even in non-democratic countries! It is time to do the same for the earth and stop the climate change.
In February 2010, the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing was formed. The group met for 10 months to study how the world will meet the monetary requirements to take action on world climate change. The Conclusions of the group, co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, focused on meeting long-term financing for developing countries.