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If not us, then who?

“Nobody is talking about a change in the lifestyle,

an inescapable goal if we aim to combat climate change”

Rajendra Pachauri

 

Since its origin -some 4,500 million years ago (shortly after the Sun appear)-, the planet has been in constant change. This is evident in geological studies of the different eras that demonstrate profound changes in the Earth’s past. Before the start of the Industrial Revolution, human pressure on natural resources and ecosystems was practically nil, but after she has shown an immense change.

Until the 50s, the environmental problem is diluted among certain trends. No one seriously believed in the existence of the crisis. It’s the era of “global prosperity” and the exponential growth of the economy. Roosevelt in 1944, even during the war, claimed optimistic that the US economy could expand indefinitely. Against this, only a few scientists were able to oppose the idea of unlimited growth: Aldo Leopold, Fairfield Osborn and William Vogh are probably the first to point out that the man was in a dangerous state of imbalance with the environment and that such behavior would trigger serious difficulties, the consequences would be suffered by all mankind.

The Anthropocene starts with climate change, as a catalyst of social and environmental conflicts in a local, national and regional context. We are facing an unprecedented climate risk, which generates at the present, situations of global chaos.

It’s on the international alarm and many nations of the world suffer the dire consequences of poor environmental, social and political administrations. 2015 is a crucial year: we need to build and strengthen the climate movements worldwide, articulate the social participation, improve the mechanisms for adaptation and mitigation and consolidate a global climate agreement.

This Saturday was held the first World Wide Views on Climate and Energy, as a global citizen consultation in one of the most important moments in the history of humanity.

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Some of the results about this important WWV on Climate and Energy are:

  • 78 countries has been participated.
  • 10,000 participants interviewed over 24 hours.
  • 53 % of citizens concerned by climate change issues.
  • 01 % of citizens moderately concerned by climate change issues.
  • 34% think fighting climate change is an opportunity to improve our quality of life.
  • 98% think the focus should be equally on adaptation and mitigation.
  • 69% think climate change it’s primarily the responsibility of citizens and civil society.
  • 06% think their country should act regardless of what other countries are doing.
  • 03% think commitments should be updated every 5 years.

In our hands is the possibility to change the current course of the world. COP21 is our opportunity.

Maria Eugenia Rinaudo Mannucci

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