Today’s the International Day of Climate Action. These days the movement to stop global warming is getting a little more ‘goal oriented’, which I find very helpful. We (on Earth) are now at 390 parts of carbon per million CO2 – and this number is rising by about 2 parts per million every year – while we should aim for 350 parts (source).
Being Dutch, a rising sea level will greatly impact the life in Holland, as some 60% of the people, and 20% of the land are below sea level. My parents’ house for instance, and 2 of my 3 brothers’ houses, would all be submerged. They’re currently busy developing floating houses in Holland.
Living on a hill by the sea in Beirut, my house would become a sea-side residence, greatly increasing its real-estate value per m2. But I understand that my good fortune would probably not be in the best interest of many others in the world, so I’ll forego that option.
Over here, we complain a lot about the ‘people’ not respecting nature, throwing away garbage ‘kief ma ken’, not recycling etc, but the biggest polluters are probably those that should know better, those with the 3 SUV’s and the 600 m2 apartments that have AC’s humming all summer long, because the regular people, due to economic factors and the lack of sufficient electricity to service the entire country, are doing their share. Just look at these car-pooling options.A family of 4-1 little scooter.
And how about this car that must have had over 9 people in it.
They’re doing their share, be it voluntary or not.