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Monday, November 28, 2022

No Plan[et] B Haiku

No More Fairy Tales, VI
for Greta Thunberg

tongues of forest fires 
there's no Plan[et] B, the rest
blah, blah, blah ...

FYI: The New Yorker, Nov.21, 2022: Climate Change from A to Z

It was thirty years ago that the world’s “so-called leaders” gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the so-called Earth Summit. Everyone agreed that radical change was needed. To avert disaster, global CO2 emissions, which were then running at around twenty-two billion metric tons a year, would have to be reduced, eventually almost to zero...A follow-up conference of the parties, or cop, took place in Kyoto in 1997. By then, annual global emissions had risen to twenty-four billion tons....By 2015, emissions had increased to thirty-five billion tons a year. At that year’s cop—No. 21—held in Paris, it was decided that, at last, really and truly, it was time to get serious...

this year’s, in Sharm el-Sheikh, just concluded—and to speak loftily about “net zero” and “a low-carbon economy.” But nothing will change, and, as a result, everything will change...

And for more, see "Special Feature" post,  Poems Selected to Challenge these "Talks" at COP 27