Climate change, the greatest threat to humanity. Are we in time?

It affects us all

The Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO for its Spanish initials) leaves no room for doubt by emphasizing that there is a scientific consensus that “our mode of production and energy consumption generates global climate change, which in turn causes serious impacts both on Earth and on socio-economic systems.

“Climate change affects us all. The potential impact is hugewith predictions of a lack of potable water, major changes in food production conditions and increased death rates from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves”

The health of the planet is our health

A report of ISGlobalwith sources from Lancet Committee on planetary health, WHO and Eco-Health Allianceunequivocally states that the health of humanity is entirely conditioned by the health of the planet itself.

  • Three out of four new Infectious diseaseslike the Covid, are of animal origin
  • Nearly a third of emerging infectious disease outbreaks are linked to deforestation.
  • The fight against climate change can prevent 250,000 deaths per year.
  • Air Pollution kills seven million people worldwide.
  • contaminated water sickens 1 billion people every year.

In turn, a political study by the World Health Organization (WHO), published on the occasion of theStockholm+50concludes that climate change poses serious risks to mental health and well-being.

The Organization therefore urges countries to include Mental Health support in their response to the climate crisis.

“Nearly a billion people live with mental disorders, but in low- and middle-income countries, three out of four people do not have access to the services they need,” says Devoured KestelDirector of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO.

The lungs of the world

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) stresses the vital need for conserve forests “which cover 31% of the world’s land area, store around 296 gigatonnes of carbon and are home to most of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity.

FAO’s Forestry Program proposes a series of actions that balance economic, social and environmental objectives to “enable the current generation to benefit from forest resources and contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development.

Feeding the planet without deforestation, by integrating biodiversity conservation in forest management, helping countries to manage Forest fires and harmfulpromote the restoration of global ecosystems, contribute to the action against desertification project, as well as to the initiatives of the Mountain and Sustainable Timber Partnership for a Sustainable World.

Social consciousness

One of the positive aspects of the goal of reversing climate change is that there are fewer and fewer Holocaust denier claims without any scientific basis, and there is a growing institutional, commercial and social awareness to reduce our environmental impact in order to reduce global warming.

This is corroborated in Spain by the survey published on the occasion of World Environment Day 2022 by the BBVA Foundation, the main conclusions of which reveal that environmental culture has taken root in society as a whole. So much so that the majority of respondents consider climate change be a more serious challenge than the coronavirus (with an average of 7.2 on a scale of agreement from 0 to 10)

“The public is deeply concerned about the degradation of the environment, considers that the situation is serious and that the measures that have been put in place so far to address this challenge fall far short of what is needed to address it.

However, we do not fall into a pessimism that could lead to inaction: a majority – 55% – think that if climate change is irreversible, some of its effects can be mitigated by the sum of individual behavior and public policies. , and 39% even believe that there is still it’s time to reverse it.

And this growing concern about the climate crisis has led people to act too, as is the case with the Citizens’ Climate Assembly. (Asamblea Ciudadana for the climate)who on June 6 hand-delivered to the Spanish President pedro sanchez a total of 172 recommendations and a very clear request: to promote “a National Pact against climate change, so that this action is something transversal and does not depend on a political party or a government”.

let’s get to work

If the terrible pandemic put the world in a state of emergency and the pharmaceutical, medical, social and institutional response managed to bring it under control, the events that followed followed one another tragically, such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Energy resources are a currency of exchange and Putin’s Challenge caused an urgent reactionary effect in Europe and its allies to move away from dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate decarbonization in favor of sustainable energies.

The power, mobility and technology industry was already taking important steps towards to cleanautonomous energybut time is pressing in every respect.

The answer lies in wind farms, solar power plants, hydro and tidal power, the production of electric vehicles and the necessary technological and telecommunications support.

In this regard, Telefónica has been recognized in the 2021 Supplier Engagement Ranking for the third consecutive year as the leading global company for its action against climate change.

The Spanish multinational telecommunications company aims to reduce its emissions in the value chain by 39% in 2025, compared to 2016, and to reach “net zero” in 2040.

Agenda 2030, last chance

In the face of the triple climate, economic and health crises that threaten the advancement of sustainable development on a global scale, there is a thread of hope with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an action plan for men , the planet and prosperity, which also aims to strengthen universal peace and access to justice.

193 UN member states adopted a resolution recognizing that the greatest challenge in the world today is the eradication of poverty and affirming that without the eradication of poverty, there can be no sustainable development.

The agenda indicates 17 Goals with 169 integrated and indivisible targets covering the economic, social and environmental fields. By adopting it, the States undertook to mobilize the means necessary for its implementation through partnerships with particular attention to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.

Teresa H. Sadler