There is no doubt that we are discussing more on climate crisis, global warming, wildfires, droughts and floods. Why? Because, we start to suffer. We’re now witnessing disasters we’ve never seen before. Here is the tragedy: It is the human who cursed the world.
Consumption followed by mass-production began to take off in 1800s after the Industrial Revolution. Cheap energy fueled by ‘fossils’ and technological advances spurred economic expansion. Fishing and whaling fleets trawled the oceans. Miners and loggers plundered the tropics. European traders traversed the oceans. Globalization carry out not only the products but also ever-changing consumption practices in all over the world. Tropic fruits crossed the oceans to be served to valuable ‘leisure consumers’.
Since then, the humans begin not only to consume the natural sources of -4.5 billion year old- Planet Earth faster and wilder than ever, but also give indispensable harm. Civilization, technology, living practices evolve in years, but fundamental issues do not change for centuries like justice and equality!
Nature is suffering.
What about the nature? Nature is now in revolt. Desertification, droughts, biofuels, and overgrazing -each year leaving 12 million hectares of land unsuitable for cultivation. And so is the loss of more than half of the world’s wetlands. Today, more than 1 billion people do not have sufficient fresh water.
Rivers, lakes and aquifers are drying up around the world. Many are severely polluted from sewage, industrial waste, garbage, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers. The United Nations is projecting an even more severe freshwater crisis by 2025 with 1.8 billion “living with absolute water scarcity” and two-thirds of the global population living with water shortages.
We are sailing on the same ocean, but in different ships!
We must acknowledge that, the climate crisis affects us humans unequally, that some of us are still reasonably comfortable while many, and increasingly a large majority, are hungry and destitute.
Yes we’re facing similar threats as we’re all sailing on the same ocean. But not on the ships of the same quality and power. Some of us have far more coping resources than the others across the world.
So, are we ready for the climate refugees in all over the world? People leaving their homeland because of hunger and water scarcity? What about climate related wars?
Unfortunately, climate change and environment problems in general aren’t perceived equally in the same way all around the world.
All discussions around these vital topics are worth to make for a better word. Just one crucial thing to always keep in mind: Climate Justice. As the former Irish president and climate justice movement leader Mary Robinson stated: ‘The climate crisis is a crisis of social justice, first and foremost.’
A unique opportunity for the future of the world.
Now, at this very stage, while economies, production and consuming practices in whole are to be changed or transformed through sustainable driven initiatives, it may be a good opportunity to try to close the gaps -in good faith- through climate change actions.
Sustainability initiatives can be the exit from the toxic side of the world that we’re experiencing in pain each and everyday from social, environmental and political aspects.
Just think! This is maybe the upmost chance for us to make a real change and thus converge a ‘real sustainable world’ for all living beings not only the selected ones.
So, we must #ActNow before it is too late…