Katowice Climate Change Conference

In amongst all the busy pre Christmas driving around - buying far more food than you could ever hope to eat, washed down with far too much booze than is actually good for you, as you slap yourself on the back for all the really cool prezzies you bought, that will end up in the ‘unwanted box’ in the attic just as soon as it’s considered politic to do so – you may have noticed, on the periphery of all your festive social media posts, some men in suits getting all excited about climate stuff in Poland.

Then again you may have blinked, with the rest of theworld, and missed it.

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So what was it all about?

The thing you probably missed was the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Also known as COP 24 Katowice. It was a gathering of delegates from most of the countries of the world to sort out the global warming problem.

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To be more precise. They were going to sort out how the Paris Agreement is going to be implemented.

OK, lets have a quick recap and get a few definitions down.

What is global warming?
A gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth's atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, CFCs, and other pollutants as a result of human activity.

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What is climate change?
See What is global warming?

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What is/was the Paris agreement?
The Paris agreement – also known as the Paris accord – is the agreement signed by a gathering of delegates from most of the countries of the world to sort out the global warming problem, in 2015. This was COP 21. (COP 1 took place in 1995)

Paris Agreement

To put it briefly (and that is the only way I am going to keep you reading this ... long winded will leave you, not so much cold, as looking for something a little more important to spend your valuable internet time on. Like sending your instagram mates a picture of the oversized meat burger you just had for lunch) they decided on the limit to the emission of greenhouse gases that each country would have to implement ... by 2020. All to limit the increase in global temperature to an average of 2 degrees.

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Why should we care?
2 degree doesn’t seem a lot. Wouldn’t that just mean warmer summers meaning that we would have to spend less money flying around the world looking for places a little more comfortable than this damp little island to spend our summer holiday?

Well, again to be brief, no.

What will happen

A 2 degree change will have dramatic effects of the world’s climates.

A 5 degree change would be the same as the difference between us and the last ice age.

2 degrees would melt the ice caps, raise sea levels, destroy countless natural habitats, lead to mass extinctions and cause extreme weather (hurricanes, floods, droughts) all over the world.

Not good!

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Why does saving the planet take so long?
Hmmm. Good question.

Partly ... things are complicated.

We have a thing called the economy. This is the thing that allows us to:
• spend Christmas driving around - buying far more food than we could ever hope to eat, washed down with far too much booze than is actually good for us, as you slap ourselves on the back for all the really cool prezzies that will end up in the ‘unwanted box’ in the attic just as soon as it’s considered politic to do
• send our instagram mates a picture of the oversized meat burger we just had for lunch
• fly around the world to places a little more comfortable than this damp little island to spend our summer holidays

It also makes some people ... not many mind ... very rich.

A combination of rich people liking being rich and not wanting to share it all around and our desire to do the Christmas stuff and the burger and instagram stuff to say nothing of the flying around the world stuff, tends to keep the climate change/global warming stuff at the bottom of the political agenda.

QED saving the planet takes longer ... a lot longer ... than destroying it is going to take.

And therein lies the problem.

David Attenborough @ COP 24

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So what has changed?
Not a lot.

Targets have been agreed that will lead to a 3 degree change in the average temperature. Which must be met by 2020.

Hmmmm!

The Deal

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What can you do?
This is your future.

This is your children’s future.

This is your grand children’s future.

You need to make a difference and make it now.

You can reduce your carbon footprint.

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You can also make your voice heard.

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