The waiting is over, COP26 has been and gone (along with 25 other COPs). Should I be glad that something was agreed, or sad that it is clearly not enough? Glass half full, or half empty? Optimistic or pessimistic? Read on to reveal my mix of emotions.
First published as an opinion piece in the Scotsman on 8th October 2021.
Like all addictions it is better not to start than to try and stop. We have built a world where we can live in large houses, commute long distances and buy cheap manufactured goods. Our economic system is built on cheap fossil fuels.
But we can learn from how we have successfully tackled our addiction to nicotine. In this article I outline how we have waged a 'war' against the harm caused by smoking over several decades and how this is a good analogy for how society should tackle our climate crisis.
I've set myself a difficult challenge. To identify 12 solutions to solve climate change. Of course I could be broad brush and suggest "stop burning fossil fuels" but that would not be very helpful or practical. So, here we go with some ideas that are not yet mainstream.....