A pragmatic climate action shouldn’t sound so Utopian

Climate change today is affecting all countries, big and small, poor and rich. The weather patterns have changed, glaciers are melting, sea level are rising and the globe is becoming warmer. People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change like never before.

Climate change is contributing to increases in extreme heat, heavy rainfall events, and drought, all of which we are seeing across the globe.  

The phenomenon is disrupting economies, affecting lives of people and animals. It is costing humans, communities and countries and the impact would be heavy tomorrow. Therefore, there is need for a pragmatic action for the climate change.  

The rise in the atmosphere’s greenhouse-gas content from the human activities and the associated warming of the climate change continue to rise. It is now at highest level in the history and hyped as the world’s last stage. 

Without carbon reduction and greenhouse gas emission, the world’s average surface temperature is projected to rise over the 21st century and it is likely to surpass 3 degree Celsius this century. In the coming decades, some areas of the world are expected to turn warm even more and the poorest and the most vulnerable will be affected most. 

According to the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, the recent rate of warming is unprecedented in at least 2,000 years. In last ten years, the average Earth’s surface temperature was 1.1 degrees Celsius higher than in pre-industrial times. Levels of heat-trapping gasses in the atmosphere continue to increase fast.  Current CO2 concentrations are the high.

The impacts of climate changes can be observed in Bhutan too. There are loss of alpine meadow and growth of algae in the lakes. The weather patterns are changing and there are unseasonal rainfall. There is no usual snowfall and it melts soon. Cordyceps and mandarin yields are dwindling.  Though Bhutan is doing its best to preserve environment and work towards achieving carbon neutral goal, the global emission is heavy. Today China and India are held up as being among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases worldwide.

 The twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is underway hosted by the United Kingdom, in partnership with Italy. The summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More than 190 world leaders are participating, along with tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.

Like eco-warrior Greta Thunberg sarcastically puts, ‘’We hear from our so-called leaders, 30 years of their blah, blah, blah.” What we need now is realistic climate action. The climate we experience in the future depends on our decisions now.   

Our children deserve a better, if not a safer future. Mitigating climate change can be one of the solutions.

But do we have the nerve to do it?