We live in a climate emergency. The October IPCC report clearly states that we have until 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and until 2050 to reduce them to 'net zero', if we want to maintain a livable climate and limit global warming to 1.5 Cº. Andalusia is already suffering the consequences of climate change: increased desertification, the increase and virulence of forest fires, extreme weather phenomena such as prolonged droughts or episodes of heavy rainfall, as well as gradual loss and degradation of coastline due to rising sea levels are some of them.
We have little time left to achieve a fundamental change in the policy of our states to halt and limit climate change. We are talking about a few years because in 2030 (in less than 12 years) we would have to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 45% to limit global warming to 1.5º C. But neither politics nor social debate are up to this challenge. So, are we fucked?
It seems the year 2011 will end as it began – with huge social mobilisations all over the world and ongoing social protests. It is hard to take a break and to digest and reflect on everything that has happened this year.