Playing Catch-up

In a few days the work begins to undo four years of neglect, incompetence and horrific awfulness on addressing climate change.

For one thing, the U.S. will rejoin the Paris Agreement, which is a good thing but that pact is probably already virtually useless and in need of a major update. Even with a new, updated agreement, which seems unlikely, it may be too late because global warming and climate catastrophe adheres to no timeline but its own.

But much work is needed right now, especially in the U.S., and the new president appears to understand this and the necessity of tying progress on climate, infrastructure, jobs and the economy in a coherent and workable plan.

Referring to the 2015 Paris Agreement, Greta Thunberg, said this week that it’s “a huge problem that nations are failing to meet their climate- and ecological targets. The main problem however, is the fact that their targets are completely insufficient in the first place. We can’t solve a crisis without treating it like a crisis.”

For those in need of a refresher on the Paris Agreement here’s a link. A status report on the agreement from Vox, published last month (Dec. 2020) offers some good information on where we are now.

While we play catch-up, here a couple recent articles to consider, courtesy of Google alerts:

The Economic Costs of Climate Change

European Corporate Governance Institute

The fight against climate change should focus on reaching positive climate tipping points

Fast Company

Let’s do this.