Posted November 13, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
After the typhoon in the Philippines there has been a palpable, intensification of feelings worldwide about climate change. A man from the Philippines spoke in Warsaw, Poland at the latest meeting on climate change in the aftermath of the devastating typhoon in his country, declaring that he will go on a fast until some concrete measures are absolutely agreed upon to reverse climate change. Perhaps many of you reading these words have viewed his very emotional address to the delegation, and felt just how enormous the moment humanity is now in with regard to the Earth’s environment.
It does seem that humanity has come out of its drunken fossil fuels perceptions and sobered to the real facts of there being a very great problem with the weather. The attempts by those who profit from a continuation of the fossil fuels status-quo have come to be seen as off-base and out of touch with reality. In effect, the record destruction of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is the straw that broke the back of any existing climate change debate. The debate is over, finished, and ended.
What humanity is witnessing is the beginning of a new energy paradigm on this Earth. This energy shift will occur because reality is punching the human race in the face, there is no longer any reason to avoid the obvious situation on the planet. Circumstances simply can no longer be avoided. It is impossible to continue with the fossil fuels status-quo in the world. Major, major change is coming and there is nothing any oil or gas CEO billionaire, or any large shareholder in fossil fuels corporations, can do to stop it.
One could even surmise that the billionaire CEOs and shareholders are having second and third thoughts about holding on to their desires to support the profit-making status-quo, themselves coming to sobriety as the rest of the world’s people are. Destructive weather-related events have reached a level which has led to the necessity for humanity’s intervention – getting as serious as humanly possible – with an urgency never seen. The human race has received a collective, historic wake-up call of unprecedented proportion.
The worldwide war against climate change has begun.
The grip of corporations in the fossil fuels, carbon gas, climate change enabling industries over governments’ decision-making processes will need to become loosened to a great extent. The debates can no longer be short, shallow, and ineffective. The debates will need to become long, deep, and bring about real results which deal with climate change in a big, big way. Any discussion, debate, or effort having to do with extreme weather, climate change-related issues can focus only on creation of conditions which take into account the people of this and future generations.
The Philippines’ typhoon Haiyan has forced mankind to get ultimately serious about the climate of the Earth. Long, deep, sincere, and integrity-filled discussions and debates about major energy issues need to begin – and begin yesterday. The XL Keystone Pipeline, renewable energy, carbon fees, and other topics have need to be placed on the table for examination to determine the best possible options. An effort equivalent to a Manhattan Project or the moon landing has to occur to make the best, implementable decisions quickly and responsibly.
In addition to the importance of working in a worldwide, cooperative manner to protect the many millions of people living in cities on the coastlines of the Earth’s oceans, as well as oceanic island nations – those who have the most risk now – it is important to deal head-on with the harmful health effects of continuing the fossil fuels status-quo.
Ever-improving renewable energy options will need to be pushed in a very vigorous manner to reduce the harmful effects of fossil fuels. Some scientific reports have pointed to grave consequences related to massive methane releases at the poles from rapid and accelerating ice melting. Sea-level rises of several meters threaten human beings on ocean islands and hundreds of millions living in coastline cities.
The people of the world will now demand that democracy be restored and that governments listen and act upon their will through attention and focus on reasonable, rational scientific information – unbiased and factual.
An agreement between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, as proposed by Dr. James Hansen in the following video, on a gradually rising carbon cost/fee, distributed equally to the citizenry (not the government) – in effect making every person an environmentalist and start reduction of carbon emissions to the largest extent possible – must be pursued as quickly as humanly possible.
- Typhoon in Philippines Casts Long Shadow Over U.N. Talks on Climate Treaty (nytimes.com)
- End this climate madness: Filipinos (theage.com.au)
- ‘The climate crisis is madness’ (smh.com.au)
- ‘Super’ Typhoon Haiyan: Suffering and the sin of climate change denial (washingtonpost.com)
- Philipines envoy makes emotional plea to end climate change ‘madness’ (irishtimes.com)
- Typhoon Haiyan is ‘wake-up call’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Philippines Negotiator Ties Massive Typhoon to Global Warming and Pledges Hunger Strike at Warsaw Climate Talks (ecowatch.com)
- Philippine Rep Makes Plea for ‘Global Solidarity’ to Fight ‘Climate Madness’ (commondreams.org)
- Filipinos blame politics and industry for monster typhoon (vancouverobserver.com)
- Typhoon Haiyan: we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action (theguardian.com)