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'We can still turn it around'

Which variant do we choose? Al Gore said in an interview with Ted-talk last week: "We can still turn it around, we have the resources, the technology and the money. Now the guts to do it!" Actually, of course, it is not a choice, but political leaders often think differently. If you were to act in the interests of humanity worldwide, there would be only one choice. That, of course, is the crux of the matter. There is no collective leadership that thinks in the common good of the world. Not necessarily very strange because many countries are in different phases of development and it is perhaps more 'affordable' for Europe to be involved in sustainability than for an African country. A number of countries also really need economic growth first. They still have to build a good health care system or the construction of hospitals. You hope that they will make 'sustainable' choices in this development. So there are different interests per country. How do you put yourself over your national interest in favor of the global importance of, among other things, a footprint that is below 1.0 earths per year? However, there is an additional responsibility on the Western world, which is mainly responsible for the problem. The discussion that the measures taken by the Netherlands do not have a significant contribution to the climate problem is of course hypocritical. For centuries, the Netherlands has exploited many countries and become rich through all kinds of developments that have caused quite a lot of CO2 emissions worldwide. You cannot morally avoid taking measures to limit CO2 emissions whatever effect it has. It has a symbolic effect anyway. This will help other countries with potentially more net effect over the line Ultimately, the trade-off is whether you are a good ancestor or not and you think in the short or long term. Perhaps we should move towards a larger global budget, so that there can be more redistribution of resources, without becoming communist. The earth desires it. If you want everyone to contribute, you can't just continue to benefit from your wealth just because it happens to be in your country. It takes both sides! The choice is ultimately ours, we elect the political leaders, they have our mandate, don't forget that. You get the leader you deserve! We can choose not to purchase products from producers with a negative footprint. The big companies are opportunistic, if we no longer buy the product, they will produce something that we will purchase. They want to make sustainable products if we are willing to pay for them or if our government is willing to subsidize So it's time to point to ourselves. Of course within your own possibilities. Asking families in poverty to buy organic broccoli for €7 is not realistic, but everyone can make certain choices on their scale. Remove some pavement from your garden or be more economical with water, there is always something to do. It's up to us!

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    • winnie nguru

      49 w

      I wish every other leader was as committed as he is. Things would be looking better right now

      • Joyce Waturu

        49 w

        I really admire Al Gore's strained effort as he implores leaders to take action. If all leaders were like him, this crisis would definitely become a thing of the past.

        • Peter Kamau

          49 w

          Well said 👍. The lack of willingness by the political elite to turn things around is what's exacerbating the climate crisis and not the resources to do it.They should stop acting indifferent on this matter

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