📅 Thought for today:

‘Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.’

— Kahlil Gibran

#thoughtfortoday #COP26 #climatechange #parisagreement #extinction #actnow #actionnotwords

COP26 – the 26th Conference of the Parties – is taking place in Glasgow.

It is pretty difficult for anyone to make the case for there being nothing to be concerned about.

Temperatures are rising, ice is melting, fires are burning, and extreme weather is becoming an everyday event.

Some people are still arguing that this is not necessarily a man-made issue.

It no longer matters whether they are right or not.

An existential crisis means a crisis of existence. As in, mankind may not exist on the planet.

Whilst the planet might be quite grateful for that event, we have it in our nature to strive to survive.

Those who profit from the destruction of our natural environment will resist change. I saw today that one major oil company is arguing that if we turn off supply quicker than demand dries up, there will be a crisis. As if there isn’t one already.

If all that happens is meaningless words and no action, then I am glad I am as old as I am. I apologise to my children’s generation and younger who will soon face significant challenges.

The decisions should be made by them of course and most definitely not by those who put profit before survival, the environment or human comfort.

At the current rate of change, trees will not survive either, which will accelerate the changes.

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