It’s been a while since we last spoke and so much has happened in the news that I am unsure where to start; from Copenhagen to geo-engineering and Obama.
I shall start with the shocking news that has eminated from Copenhagen where scientist are reporting that we are on-track for at least a 2degC temperature rise by the end of the century.
Apparaently we are together releasing over 50bn tons CO2e into the atmosphere every year, 2-3% more than predicted. This will likely lead to a minimum 1m rise in sea levels as well as their acidification as they abosorb more CO2 leading to destruction of more eco-systems not to mention the widespread droughts predicted across Australia and Equatorial regions. If this goes above + 3degC we will see the end of the ski industry and above +4 the rainforests will begin to die. Of course it is the poorer nations that will suffer most because they do not have the funds to change..I will not go on as it gets too depressing.
In response to this there has been increasing chatter about finding geo-engineering solutions that operate on a global scale to capture, reflect or absorb CO2. Such solutions as 1500 salt spraying ships in the pacific, or giant sun shades in Space to reflect sunlight!
All pretty depressing and fanciful, but if we are now considering the nuclear option, perhaps we have to go even further to save our skins?
Then on the way to work today picked up a news bulletin that Obama is looking to pass legislation that claws back 90% of all bonuses that have been paid out to companies that have received US tax payer money. He is quoted as saying that individuals must understand that they are the cause of the financial meltdown and that thay must now take responsibility for their actions.
Wow, Cause and Effect, about time some politician got it! If only he could start talking in the same urgent terms about climate change. Could we suggest that he claws back all of the carbon profits from industries that have been polluting our climate with no thought for the consequences for so long?
Seems only fair to me; how about it Obama and Gordon?
Two pieces of news today that struck me both reported on BBC Radio 4 this morning;
Beckham reaches England milestone
You might think that these two news pieces are unconnected, but at Planet Positivewe have been pondering how to get our message out across to all ages especially the young and It is clear to me that to do this not only do we have to embrace the ‘converted’ but we must also engage celebrities and influencers in the public eye who can, by example lead people in making the right choice
David, you need to be congratulated on your determination and your focus on achieving your goals. This is a fantastic achievement. We wish you luck in negotiating your transfer to Milan. We also congratulate you in your endeavours at your Academy.
But now, David, The Planet Needs You!
We need you and your fellow celebrities to put the environment at the top of the agenda; we want you to become and Ambassador for Planet Positive!
Please ask your agent and your friends’ agents to contact me below!
And, if anyone out there has any ideas about whom else we should approach then please let me know.
12th february 2009