Mary Robinson (once president of Ireland, now full-fledged ecoloon) demands sacrifices for Gaia!
Our planet is warming to a catastrophic extent, and the human race must step up.
The divestment campaign – which originated in the United States and is now making its way across the Atlantic – is one shining example of what is needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Transforming our economic system to one based on low-carbon production and consumption can create inclusive sustainable development and reduce inequality.
Hmmm, and will you be tilling the fields and working at the cotton gin, Mary?
The premise of the divestment campaign is simple: non-profit organisations must move their investments away from fossil fuels, reducing the power and influence this industry has on society. Initially focusing on universities – in the UK alone, their endowment funds have invested £5bn in coal, oil and gas – the campaign’s message has since had an influence on other organisations, such as the Church of England, which this month said it would pull its investment in companies that didn’t do enough to fight climate change.
Gosh, I bet the energy companies were really concerned…
The reality of climate change, of which Britons have had all too much experience recently, may be the catalyst for even more ambitious action.
She means the floods, of course. As Tory Aardvark notes, these have been a godsend for the Green fruitcakes.
We already have the scientific knowledge available to us. Among members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations climate panel, there is a 97% consensus that humans are causing global warming.
So what? I’d expect to see a 99% consensus amongst the Flat Earth Society members that you could go sailing off the edge of the world, but that wouldn’t make it true, would it?
But Mary thinks the youth of today will be our saviours:
The active role of young people is worth noting. As with the anti-apartheid campaign in the 1980s, students today are taking action that can determine their futures – and the futures of generations to come – for the better. They are showing the world that, once again, a transformation in how we grow our economies is essential.
Are they? Maybe until the energy runs out and they can’t use their iPads, yes. Then they might start building a few low-carbon, environmentally friendly wicker men for the likes of you…
Meanwhile, the temptation to invest in coal, oil and gas is heightened by countries’ fossil fuel subsidies that, worldwide, amount to $1.9tn a year, according to the International Monetary Fund. Such subsidies enable the fossil fuel industry to perpetuate the notion that renewable energy is more expensive.
But we all know that it is. And that’s because of subsidies.