Politics aside, everyone on Earth will have to share its resources with one another if humanity is to live and breathe equally and with dignity. Artwork by Nayzak from Deviant art.
Africa Mountain of God, Climate change and water in Tuvalu Afrisynergy News
In December 2015, Paris was back in the news on a positive note. The city became well known again for its usual protest of people from students to elderly. From Jakarta to Nairobi and men, women and children have been raging against the ignorance and insanity of environmental destruction around the world. Southeast Asia, many coastal regions in Africa and South America has long been threaten by the sea and ocean. The presidents of Maldives and Micronesia spoke at the summit to remind the world that their nations are immediately affected by climate change no matter if the Earth warms or cools. These small Pacific islands have been doing all humanly possible to fight again rising sea levels and sinking territories. Other Pacific islands such as Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Nauru, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Philippines to name a few are witnessing unusual, reoccurring typhoons, droughts and rapid flooding that have destroyed and leveled coastal towns and villages that fishermen and sea traders rely on for their living. While these island nations have been successful in fighting mother nature in the past, global warming, human environmental degradation, sea erosion and flood have stretched each nation's emergency responses and environmental protection agencies thin. It's not only the islands that are dealing with mother nature's wrath.
Bolivian climate negotiator Pablo Solon, "Paris agreement will cause the planet to burn"
Bangladesh has become the epitome of what future rising sea levels and environment destruction could mean for other countries and peoples. A low lying country, 100 million Bangladeshis are faced with freak storms, limited infrastructure and sea erosion that could turn them into climate refugees. Resettling millions of people in neighbouring countries or further away will be chaotic and frustrating. It's not a far fetch scenario given the melting ice caps and droughts in Bangladesh and India. China, Liberia, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Eritrea are facing an annual combination of increasing droughts, rapid desertification, searing heat each summer, limited land space (except for Liberia and Eritrea) and pollution. When it rained heavily in the Atacoma Desert for the first time in 100+ years many local Chilean farmers nearly cried in joy. The Atacoma Desert in Chile is one of the driest deserts in the world. No one knew what the flowers looked like until Mother Nature released a springtime thunderstorm. MIT's climate scientists recently reported that the Gulf countries ie the UAE, Kuwait, KSA, might become unlivable by the year 2100 due to rising heat levels and lack of rainfall. If the predictions are correct, there will be millions of people fleeing the Venus like temperatures in Dubai, Riyadh and Bahrain for cooler areas around the world or the far west side of the region.
Atacoma Desert in Chile in full bloom
Water, water everywhere but still undrinkableThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner was correct about the irony of Earth's plentiful water. There has long been warnings that water wars caused by global warming/climate change poses a serious threat to many societies. The possibility of a global water war isn't science fiction or video games. Access to reservoirs and underground aquifers have been one of the unspoken injustices of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and verbal war between Jordan, Israel and Egypt. The same limited access is causing problems between the different state water departments in drought starved California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Texas. Polluted water do not ease the frustrations many local residents have about access to water and their own water rights. Just as indigenous and local people in Bolivia and Ecuador have been fighting against multinational corporations and corrupt politicians for access to local waterways and arable land. Water and land are tied together for many societies just as language and culture go hand in hand.
PBS Space Documentary: Earth's Origins, how the primordial soup created a liveable world
It has been stated for centuries that Mother Earth or Tierra Madre is our only home. If it is destroyed there is nowhere else in the universe for humanity to live comfortably. All the seeds and elements that has made living on Earth comfortable happened by a combination of Earth being in the right place at the right moment. Earth's twin Venus started out similar to Earth until its rotation was thrown off course and it transformed into a hell hole. Earth had been created just right by the sun and the molecular cloud. Earth's current environment is the result of billions of years of space and time patiently constructing the atmosphere, water, tierra and organisms that humans owe a massive salute to for their life. It's impossible to think of one without the other. Earth's ancient ecosystem and organism are working to keep up with humanity's needs for safety and shelter. Another part of Earth that gets no mention or any credit for protecting the life is the magnetic field. Without Earth's magnetic field, the planet would be a dead desert like Mars. The magnetic field itself is thin but it serves as a shield against the sun's sporadic solar ejections and high levels of radiation. Back to Earth.
Paris was chosen to host the United Nations' COP21 summit. It is not a coincidence Paris was chosen either. The COP21 summit location and meeting of 21+ heads of states were already in place prior to the Nov 13th terror attacks. As a result of the 3 month state of emergency and security forces' paranoia about future terrorist attacks, any kind of massive environmental protest were banned from the streets of Paris. Shoes were left to symbolic protest both the banned freedom of assembly and environmental protests by thousands of Pro environmentalist, climate change activists, environmental refugees, Earth lovers, nature protectors, and perhaps Greenpeace supporters. The summit went on without a hitch but security was tight for obvious reasons. President Obama, Vladmir Putin, also attended the summit focusing on the importance of climate change and going against the naysayers.
PS: Now that the climate summit has passed, many climate activists and environmentalists have more questions than answers.