196-Nation Conference on Climate Due in Glasgow; Why Not Zoom It?
The UN on Monday, August 8 released a report noting that damage to the World’s climate has, in some instances, accelerated to a point where it is irreversible. Based on a seven-year study, the report has been viewed globally as an eye-opener and is expected to encourage some if not many nations to get more serious about climate change.
Representatives of 196 nations — and, of course, their support staffs — are set to gather in Glasgow, Scotland in November to strive for agreements on how the nations of the world can work together, and separately, to accomplish necessary climate-control goals.
Millions of people around the World spent sizable chunks of time during the past 18 or so months in Zoom and Skype meetings — accomplishing, at long distance, things for which, before COVID-19, hundreds of millions of gallons of jet fuel were consumed carrying people to face-to-face meetings.
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All else aside, why Glasgow? It’s not, after all, the easiest place to get to: Its two airports, Glasgow Airport and Prestwick Glasgow, offer, between them, a limited number of options for direct international flights. True, you can connect through London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Amsterdam, but other connections are more complicated, though, and often impractical.
I was amazed to learn a day or two ago that Greta Thunberg, the 18-year-old Swedish climate activist (and two-time Nobel Prize nominee) has said she will attend the conference — after earlier declaring she would not. Hers is a powerful voice, and a ‘don’t go’ vote from her could have meant something.
It still could: Greta, you should point out to all the thousands you can access how ridiculous the idea of this conference is. Try to get it cancelled — and moved to Zoom, and Skype.