We live in a climate emergency. The October IPCC report clearly states that we have until 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and until 2050 to reduce them to 'net zero', if we want to maintain a livable climate and limit global warming to 1.5 Cº. Andalusia is already suffering the consequences of climate change: increased desertification, the increase and virulence of forest fires, extreme weather phenomena such as prolonged droughts or episodes of heavy rainfall, as well as gradual loss and degradation of coastline due to rising sea levels are some of them.
We have little time left to achieve a fundamental change in the policy of our states to halt and limit climate change. We are talking about a few years because in 2030 (in less than 12 years) we would have to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 45% to limit global warming to 1.5º C. But neither politics nor social debate are up to this challenge. So, are we fucked?
On 3 December 2018 the COP24 will open in Katowice, Poland. A new United Nations conference on climate change that should coordinate the efforts of states to limit temperature increases to levels "significantly below" 2ºC, in accordance with the commitments of the COP21 in Paris.
However, the history of the COPs does not invite much hope for this new edition, as the previous ones did not succeed in steering us away from the serious repercussions of climate change.
Although we are "all in the same boat", climate change requires an analysis of power.
13 February 2018: Climate Change News publishes the draft IPCC report which warns that it will be very difficult to keep the temperature increase below the 1.5ºC foreseen in the "historic" Paris agreement. 14 February: Spain broke its record for oil imports in 2017 for the third consecutive year. 18 February 2018: The oil company Cepsa announces a new investment of 1,200 million € for a hydrocarbon exploitation project in the United Arab Emirates.... Although the news about the dangers of climate change is constant, it does not seem that they are provoking the necessary mobilization and organization to address it.