Climate change is already here with us.
The planet’s average temperature is already 1.1 degrees Celsius higher than it was before the industrial revolution.
World leaders have already had a total of 26 sessions, with the climate summit in Glasgow continuing through Friday. Five years have gone since the Paris Agreement, which set the objective of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius and making significant efforts to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Despite the agreements reached at the previous 25 summits, neoliberalism continues to damage the foundations of life and society, with annual records in greenhouse gas emissions being set. As a result, the planet’s average temperature is already 1.1°C higher than it was before the industrial revolution. Climate change is undeniably a fact, and its consequences will not only be felt by future generations, but we are already experiencing them.
Extinction of species, increased frequency of extreme events (heat waves, droughts, floods, fires, etc. ), melting of permafrost and glaciers, crop failures, or global “apartheid” towards refugees are examples of this. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released short-term estimates that are alarming.
We can no longer put off finding measures to minimize the problem. The challenge now is to fight every tenth of a degree in order to stay below 1.5°C by 2100 and to accelerate the ecological and social transition. The countries of the global North, and especially their elites, bear a significant deal of responsibility in avoiding the worst effects of climate change. For example, the Basque Country released 8.7 tons of CO2 per person in 2018, which was higher than the European Union average of 8.6 T and the global average of 8.6 T. (6.6 T).
The COP26 members, as well as state, autonomous, and local governments, must move beyond the comfort of declaring a climate emergency and take action. It is critical to use citizen assemblies to plan democratically for the reduction of material and energy use in a socially just manner.
Despite being a global issue, the climate emergency necessitates local responses. Indeed, we believe it is critical to emphasize that the emergency situation in which we find ourselves is related to policies implemented here in the Basque Country in terms of energy, transportation, trash, land management, biodiversity, and other areas.
These policies intensify the climate and ecological crises by deepening an unsustainable economic and social model. In this setting, a total shift in direction is required in order to achieve a just transition. However, this just transition will not occur if it remains in the hands of those who have brought us this far, as the authorities intend when, for example, placing firms like Iberdrola or Repsol at the top of the list of candidates for European funding to help them recover from the pandemic.
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