2018 - Greta Thunbergs klimatstrejk fortsätter och nu ökar intresset. Journalister från hela världen hör av sig, svensk media har återfått intresset och hon har bjudits in att hålla tal framför EU-parlamentet. Kanske kan en 15-årings röst få fler att höra det forskare sagt i årtionden?
Greta Thunbergs skolstrejk verkar äntligen vara något som får fler att lyssna. Där forskningsrapporter inte tycks bita ordentligt på opinionen skapar en oerhört påläst och konkret 15-åring uppmärksamhet kring frågan.
THE GUARDIAN THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2018 - Theresa May has said her government is serious about improving the environment after pressure groups gave a lukewarm response to a 25-year green plan, praising its ambition but warning that it lacked sufficient proposals for immediate action. May’s proposals were also criticised by Jeremy Corbyn, who said her pledge to stop all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 was “far too long” to take action - and that may prove to be the case, but let us give her the benefit of the doubt for a while so that we can see some action, or not. What that could mean is that they want to appease the electorate and pass the problem onto the next generation - but - the whole point of taking action now is to try and stop the fish that we eat, eating the plastic in Marine Litter.
The use of words is typically "careful" Conservative speak, loaded with gray areas. Those caveats aside, one has to applaud the clear intention to respond to public outcry at the plight of our marine life. The opposition are rightly critical of the timescale, where we should have been doing something about this sooner. The Global Ocean Commission knew about this problem two years ago and came to the conclusion that not much could be done about it because of the scale of the problem. Maybe Britain should light a path that (hopefully) the rest of the world - and especially the developing world - will heed and emulate. Europe is already setting the pace with the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund putting out a call last year.
While the plastic mountain accumulates in the sea, acid levels are also rising due to climate change from greenhouse gases that are causing global warming. Greta Thunberg spoke about this at the December 2018 conference of the parties on climate change in Katowice, Poland. Her voice carries a powerful message about extinction of our species if we fail to act in time - and that time is running out.
COP 25 is expected to be held in November 2019 or January 2020. (COP 25/CMP 15)
COP 1, BERLIN, GERMANY
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