True that the 'reason' for them backing out is not for the betterment of the world. However I think there is far too much 'talk' and 'agreement'. We don't need anymore summits, we don't need anymore envoys to the U.N. proclaiming that the world needs help - because everyone now knows the world needs help. Everyone has for a long time.
It shouldn't take a global treaty to curb global warming for people to dive a damn. However, if there was a U.N. list for states to follow I could see that.
U.N. List of things to do to help the world:
- Stop your way of living, right now.
Here are a few things we could do if we don't want to stop completely.
- 540 million tonnes of grain are fed to livestock for meat comsumption in the 'West'. While it would only take 40 million tonnes of grain to put an end to extreme hunger.
- Planting tree's isn't a realistic carbon sink. I.E. to negate the carbon effects of Canadians we would have to cover the entirety of Canada, or that amount of area somewhere else, with forest. Talking land mass, not that the people would be gone. Plus once those forest reach their carbon equalibrium (after 70 years) the goal was moot. The ocean is the best carbon sink we have, it has already absorbed around 50% of the carbon humans have released - albeit the ocean is now getting too acidic for life to live.. but that isn't our concern right?
- Do nothing. ..there is a solution. Don't just insulate your loft and install a composter in your garden – when it comes to most of the activities of modern life, take the idle turn. Instead of jetting off on holiday, walk down to your nearest stretch of river and spend time reflecting on your own reflection. Instead of switching on the television, read a book. When it comes to Christmas, don't busy yourself buying tat nobody needs that has to be shipped in from China on a giant boat; buy nothing at all. These are three simple acts of doing nothing that would save far more carbon than installing a David Cameron-style wind turbine on your roof. And the neighbours wouldn't complain about the vibrations.