It would be an exaggeration to say that the whole world rose yesterday to march against the abuses committed against nature. It was scheduled, yes, like a noise, the World March of the Climate. On the website of the organization that thought the event, there are photos of people in several European capitals, in the Philippines, in New York. There were 95 countries on seven continents, with 900 actions to draw attention to.
The organizers’ message is optimistic:
“Together, they (the demonstrators) have shown the world how real climate leadership is. People everywhere are moving away from the era of fossil fuels and it is time for politicians to follow. There is no time to lose”.
I run the news sites on the environment and instead bring good reasons for reflection on the old imbroglio between production methods and nature, where the environment continues to be assaulted. As a kind of response, two hurricanes, Florence and Helene, are coming into the Atlantic Ocean, which will surely cause destruction.
Look at some examples of “business as usual” that needs to be on the political agenda to be modified, rethought. They were cited on the Mongabay environmental news website.
– In southern Chile, more than 600,000 salmon are now released in the open sea after a storm has hit the cages where fish are bred, fed, and then fed to humans. The problem with this is that salmon is a carnivorous fish and is not part of that ecosystem. Once at sea, it will try to feed itself and this will have a tremendous impact on native fish and on the ecosystems of Patagonia, which are particularly vulnerable, with many fragile endemic species. Much of the country’s salmon industry is located in this southern region.
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– In December 2016, China and Hong Kong, two of the world’s leading ivory markets, announced their commitment to close down all domestic ivory trade. China has implemented a total ban in late 2017, making it illegal to sell or process ivory in the country. Hong Kong announced that it would completely eliminate domestic ivory trade by 2021, giving traders a five-year grace period to sell the remaining ivory. What is happening is that instead of ridding the elephants of the barbarity committed against them – they die to give up a small part of the body to adorn the humans – everyone is buying in Hong Kong.
– Recent data show that tropical countries have lost 158,000 square kilometres (39 million acres) of forest cover in 2017. This figure is the second highest since this set of logging began in 2001. And it means an area of the size of Bangladesh.
– Brazil was the country that lost most forest cover among all tropical countries, a reversal of deforestation reductions that had been occurring in the last 14 years. Loss of forest cover has also increased dramatically in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia. Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to rise, reports Imazon, an NGO that independently monitors developments in the largest tropical rainforest on Earth. According to recently published data, 778 square kilometres of forest were deforested in July, an increase of 43% over the previous year. But the Imazon findings contrast with official data from Brazil’s national space research agency, INPE, which shows a comparatively flat trend line.
On the other hand, some struggles that civil society is fighting against the barbarities committed by big corporations against the environment are progressing. The mining company Banks Group, for example, is facing resistance of respect with its project in Pont Valley, UK. Residents say wildlife is lethally compromised if they start drilling the area. A judge has already ruled in of transforming the region into a kind of Conservation Unit.
“It’s a unique opportunity to set a legal precedent and make our government act responsibly when there’s so much in play for wildlife and the weather,” says June Davison, a resident and activist at the site she created to update people about the steps of the campaign.
Nor is there much progress in the preservation of the environment in which people live. While California burns in a forest fire – another – of immense proportions, what does the Secretary of the Interior of the United States do? Blame the environmentalists! Yes, he said that they are exaggerating in this call to make forest management, which ends up joining too much wood, something like that.
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“America is better than allowing these radical groups to control the dialogue on climate change,” Zinke told KCRA, a television station in northern California on Sunday. “Extreme environmentalists closed public access. They talk about the habitat and yet they are not willing to burn it. “Zinke did not speak alone, of course. A month ago, US President Donald Trump revealed in a tweet that the fires were “aggravated by bad environmental laws that do not allow massive amounts of readily available water to be properly used.”
The claim, referring to decades of water rights disputes in California, was poorly received by the population, not least because firefighters are not fighting water shortages. The White House has yet to offer a response or explanation. In fact, it is harder to take action on the environment when the world’s richest nation refuses to believe that climate change could be reversed, at least consumption. That’s why. is increasingly needed.
The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), informally called COP24, will take place in early December. It will be in Poland. It is a mega annual meeting with all member countries, a practice adopted at Rio92, with the aim of “avoiding dangerous human interference with the climate system”. When it was thought, back there, congressmen in Rio may have felt that this goal would be achieved without problems. It was not like that, it’s not like that. But much has already been achieved, and it is important to continue the battle.