If the talks in Bonn are any indication, the world will end with a whimper, not a bang.
A terrifying lack of progress at the negotatiation puts us in an ever-more precarious position, staring over the precipice into the realm of devastating climate change.
The Doomsday Clock, a symbolic indicator maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to indicate humanity’s distance from “catastrophic destruction,” stands at 11:55. In 2007, the clock shifted two minutes forward from 11:53, taking into account for the first time climate change and humanity’s capacity to dangerously abuse technologies besides nuclear weapons.
This kinda thing really calls for some urgency. Ever heard of fiddling while Rome burned? Except we’re collectively not just fiddling, but adding fuel to the fire.
Jonathan Pershing said bluntly at the conclusion of the meeting “If we don’t have more movement and more consensus than we saw here, we won’t have an agreement.”
Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the UNFCCC, warned that we simply won’t make it in Copenhagen if the next meeting in Bangkok isn’t significantly faster than what we’ve seen so far. This is the perpetual, and so far ineffective rallying cry. What will it take?
More than 75 of the world’s least developed countries and island states joined together in the last day of the Bonn talks to demand a 1.5 degree celsius warming limit, calling for aggressive mitigation action and financing. What’s horrifying is that it’s not clear anyone is listening seriously.
Tck, tck, tck.