The Paris agreement might, finally, indicate a change from governments to address climate change

©B~rry Sandland/TIMB - Woman w folding bike walking at climate change protest in Ostend Belgium

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A climate accord that may mark a change in direction. Finally.

The COP21 agreement has been widely heralded as a fabulous achievement for nations. A promise – not a legal commitment – to keep climate temperature increase to under two decrease celsius from pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. A 100 billion dollar annual fund for developing nations.  A promise to stem greenhouse emissions. Continue reading

Is the climate agreement focused on the wrong future?

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©Barry Sandland/TIMB – W international agreement in Paris, now we have to watch industry and ourselves, if we are to meet the standards.

There was never going to be an easy agreement in Paris. Even with the agreement that has been hailed as a success, there has been considerable dissent at its focus. That there is still a strong fossil fuel focus and not enough dedication to alternative, renewable energy. It should be expected. Oil and the oil industry are power houses in deciding the future direction. With billions of barrels still in the ground, and worth hundreds of billions of dollars, the efforts to make money, lots of money, remains dominant. Alternative energy protestors, the alternative industry, have a focus so different, the traditional voices are still struggling to come to terms with the potential.

But all attending countries have signed the agreement, agreed to cut carbon emissions, and the difference of developed over developing countries is clear. While the standards have not been fixed, it would seem the international pressure to act has appeared.

However, with no legally binding obligation, countries are still able to abuse the agreement. It will be essential, in the coming months and years, that business be carefully monitored, pressured, to meet the commitment that has been found in Paris.

The fight against global warming finds common ground in Paris

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man w foldable bike watching the climate change protest in Ostend, Belgium

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Taking a moment to enjoy the extent of the climate change protest.

There are new hopes for climate change protesters with the accord found in Paris. To keep temperature increase below two degrees, 100 billion on funding, are at the forefront. America is finally on the agreement, unlike the disappointment following the Copenhagen accord. Gratefully, there was specific mention by many to the importance that social protest, the role of the public and specific organisations in advocacy, protest, demonstrations, in forcing the agreement to be fund. Public protest has been a worldwide constant in pressuring business and government to take responsibility. It has been slow to come about, but the tipping point has arrived, it seems.


Do not underestimate the value of a bike ride in fighting climate change

©Barry Sandland/TIMB Woman w bike on park bench watching the Ostende climate march.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Cities are massive contributors to gas emissions – and every bike ride contributes to its decline.

If countries decide agreements, the influence and importance of cities cannot be underestimated. Every second, world cities populations increased by two people. By 2050,  the target date for climate talks, will have increased from 3.9 billion to 6.4 billion. How cities engage in the struggle to slow, precent, reverse climate warming is essential. And cities produce three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

New hopes as 100 countries gather for COP21 agreement

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©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Looking forward to new hopes in worldwide climate management.

I tend to do a basic Google search for COP21Paris movement. To see if there might be some advance, some agreement, that would make this gathering leave me wth greater hope than in past years. The latest has been the 100 countries coalition that has gathered, including the USA, to bring about a new agreement for 100% renewable energy by 2050. That is three and a half decades and seems to reach of far into the distance. But, of course, there will be a constant advance to the goal.  Hopefully something to see on the journey.  Continue reading