The history of the COP25 is instructive. Brazil was the original host country. They reneged after that human piece-of-shit Bolsonaro was elected. He was to busy burning down the Amazon I guess. This also allowed Brazil to escape attention with its recent extreme exploitation of the Amazon rainforest.
Then Costa Rica offered to host. A good choice because of the many progressive environmental actions they are taking. Then it was decided that they did not have the facilities to manage the event.
Next up Latin America’s richest per-capita economy – Chile – took control. Everything was set for a December COP in Santiago, billed as “The Blue COP” because at long last issues about the oceans would take center stage. But rioting in the capital forced the COP to be moved. The Spanish government – despite being in the throes of a general election – stepped up and offered Madrid. That meant that the many issues concerning the oceans had to be cut.
That is shameful in light of a recent report stating that “The ocean’s biology is one of our best allies in the fight against climate change.” Halting overfishing and plastic pollution of the oceans could help tackle the climate emergency by improving the degraded state of the world’s biggest carbon sink.
The oceans absorb both the excess heat generated by our greenhouse gas emissions, and absorb carbon dioxide itself, helping to reduce the impacts of climate chaos. But we are rapidly reaching the limits of the oceans’ absorptive capacity as our pillage of marine life is disrupting vital ecosystems and the natural carbon cycle.
Creating ocean sanctuaries and forging a new treaty to protect the oceans, with a target of safeguarding at least 30% of the oceans by 2030, could restore many areas to health and combat global heating.
Regrettably, just today a new report came out that stated, “Oxygen in the oceans is being lost at an unprecedented rate, with “dead zones” proliferating and hundreds more areas showing oxygen dangerously depleted, as a result of the climate emergency and intensive farming, experts have warned.”
How long can we ignore these warnings? A better question would be, “How collectively crazy are we?”
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