Debates surrounding climate change or global warming have come to a head. Over the last number of days the group called the Extinction rebellion (XR) have been protesting in different countries from the UK to New York in the hopes to utilise a political movement and guard against human extinction and ecological collapse.
Lately I have been reading more around the climate change debates and conversations. I have been writing articles as a way to better understand how I could make a difference and how I could be better informed when having with conversations with others about having less of an impact on the environment.
Even with the debates around climate change what does become apparent from reading anything to do with climate issues is not the lack of political will (and that is lacking) is that most governments actually don’t have the capabilities to stop large industries. Take an extract from the Guardian long read called: Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions
To put it more plainly, tens of thousands of people had died because carmakers felt so free, for so long, to flout the law. Of course, the painful light cast by the scandal didn’t just expose corporate wrongdoing. It also made visible a failure that is just as distressing. Across Europe, including in Britain, governments responsible for enforcing the law and protecting their people’s health had utterly neglected to do so. The fact of the matter, German explained to me, is that European air quality regulators don’t have the muscle or the resources their US counterparts have long possessed. European countries have never built the enforcement capability needed to give teeth to pollution rules. Governments, he says, “don’t seem to be able to do anything about it, in most cases don’t even seem to want to do anything”.
Everyone has an opinion on climate change and pollution in general the only thing that should not be up for debate is our overdependence on plastics which we can see leaves an actual footprint on the planet.
What are some of the solutions to climate change?