Thoughts From The Blue Glass Sea

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Yesterday, 20th September 2019 when young people around the world were on strike to urge politicians to start telling the truth about climate emergency and to take action NOW to save their future, I looked out on this view across Cardigan Bay in West Wales. And I thought: isn’t it time we all stopped killing the planet and thus everything we truly value?

On the 23rd September 2019 the United Nations Climate Action Summit takes place. Let’s hope the world leaders attending have their brains switched on. It will cost us a lot otherwise – the earth in fact.

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43 thoughts on “Thoughts From The Blue Glass Sea

      1. There is far too much wastage in modern life. I have never been a big consumer of material goods preferring quality to quantity. But we seem to have ended up in a throwaway world.

      2. Yes, and designed to be throwaway too. That’s the problem with a capitalist model – it only works if production is constantly accelerated and buyers constantly activated.

  1. According to the independent Climate Action Tracker, only 7 of the 195 signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement are keeping their greenhouse gas emissions under the 2 degree Celsius warming limit to avoid catastrophic climate change, and only 2 of the 7 are complying with the accord’s optimum 1.5 degree Celsius target. That’s a very dismal success rate of just 3.6%!

      1. I went to an Extinction Rebellion meeting recently. The talk was given by an XR member, a consultant aborist. He explained that getting to zero carbon was only half the story. After that, the oceans would begin to release methane which would cause more heating up, but be a shorter-lived event.

      2. Yes, methane is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, but it doesn’t stay in the atmosphere very long. So, CO2 remains the biggest concern.

        However, as your speaker pointed out, there are vast stores of CH4 in Arctic permafrost and also within expansive oceanic seabeds in the form of clathrates (i.e. hydrates). As the planet warms up, these reservoirs become unstable and release methane in what climatologists refer to as a “positive feedback loop.”

        During the volcanically-caused Permian extinction event 252 million years ago (a.k.a. “The Great Dying”), the planet warmed sufficiently to trigger a massive release of methane which devastated the biosphere. What scientists aren’t quite sure about is at what temperature point that might occur again. I guess we’re destined to find out… the hard way.

  2. Yes, let’s keep our fingers crossed that they switch their brains – and their hearts! – on. Too many politicians are also business men and women and profit is their only goal. 😯

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