In a short period of time humanity has moved our planet Earth toward dangerous and globe threatening Climate Change. In terms of fixing a problem it is best to be proactive and not reactive. Since we are not able to go back in time of course the approach at the UNGA is a reactive approach. The good news is the major nations and businesses have ideas to move toward being Carbon Neutral by 2050/mid-century. Keep in mind that CO2 is one of 6 major gases that contribute to Global warming (OTHERS include: nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and methane). So CO2 focus is important but not enough!
In reality being “Carbon Neutral” can involve many possible situations. Some definitions in fact involve an entity contributing to CO2 emissions and “buying carbon credits”. By visiting this site you will learn more about Climate Change, Carbon Neutrality and be able to have the links to calculate your own carbon footprint.
My experience with Crohn’s Disease and knowledge of other disease processes help me to understand why focusing only on Carbon is not enough. Take the immune system for example – it is responsible for keeping us alive, but also responsible for being the reason for auto-immune diseases such as IBD (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis). Also, when we look at HIV/AIDS we learn an important lesson on how to combat something that is complex and threatening to people as individuals and globally. To successfully treat HIV/AIDS and Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis there has been a failure to achieve remission with a single drug or single target approach. Instead, the positive results have come from using multiple drugs/methods that have distinctly different pathways. So it is the same with Climate Change. If we limit ourselves to focusing on Carbon we will not be successful. We must combat the other five major gasses and also look at why we have the problem and we can do within society and culture to change our values so that they are consistent with prolonging the life our planet and life as we know it as human beings.
Thank you and may we all continue to come together as a world and take proper and sound action!
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