A UNEP Synthesis Report
In line with previous reports, the objective of the 2016 Emissions Gap Report is to provide an up-to-date scientific assessment of the global progress towards the emissions reductions required to be on track to meet the long-term goal of the UNFCCC. In particular, this year the report emphasizes
the implications of the Paris Agreement’s strengthened goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for immediate and longer-term mitigation action.
Download this report and read it. If you don't understand it, seek help; find someone who can help you understand what it means. Get together with friends and family and talk about its ramifications. After that, share it with people and ask them to do the same.
We are focused on the wrong things. We need to maintain the balance and integrity of our natural environment well into the future if we are going to survive long term. If you care about future generations you need to care about climate change and the complete global socio-economic paradigm.
We need a completely new set of values.
Perhaps The Venus Project is a bit too much for most people to imagine but we must do something. As long as making money is the prime mover of people we are headed for extinction. Monetary incentives must be only one small aspect of what moves us.
If we are resigned to seeing the last generation of humanity then let's live out our final days as a species enjoying life and loving each other.
Unfortunately, in addition to multiple lines of evidence for human caused climate change and our all too slow reaction to the facts, we will soon have a U.S. Cabinet hostile to environmental protection and full of intransigent climate change deniers.
We'll have to see how things play out but it won't take much pussy footing to screw humanity right into an early extinction. And the road to oblivion will not be a comfortable one. For those of you who can't live without your creature comforts, I suggest you read Albert Camus on your next vacation.