Muhammad Fahd Khan's post

Political will to save ozone got us this. We need a stronger political will to get rid of fossil fuels. Phase out fast!

  • Mårten Laurell Thorlsund

    33 w

    I partially agree. We were also very lucky in the late 1980's. Why? We had at the time placed all eggs in one basket, that was to a large extent controlled by a huge chemical multinational coorporation: @DuPont. Political will was essential in the process that lead to the Montreal protocol in 1987 but let me add: a market based solution from DuPoint putting self-interest before the good of a livable Earth . Without them and their obstructive force on the world we could today have inhabited a much less livable planet. And likely, many f us would not have lived at all today to be honest. Hade #ecocide been put into practice and law then, DuPont might not have been around today either. In short one can say DuPonts acting is a schoolbook example of what #BigOil #BigTobacco are doning to humanity. Clear links are obvious with the climate crisis of today. Please let me tell you the story about of the time leading up to the ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). B t w, the ban was not so fast, rather slow and not universal and immediate, CFCs are still being used and leaked into the worlds atmosphere today, mainly from old dumped fridges/freezers and air conditioners - read more here and because poor legislation in some developing countries. So in brief leading up to the ban of CFS's and the Montreal Protocol, which a story often use as an example of that humanity can fix this (I agree but not in the way it´s often portraid = we did it with CFCs - #WeCanDoIt this time #WeDontHaveTime and Ingmar Rentzhog used this examples in presentations too. The problem is - the climate and BigOil #BigGas tar sands etc is sooo much more into the human organism than a relatively quick fix (i.e exchange CFCs into HFCs). The at the time leading manufacturer of CFCs was DuPont corporation. They tried their best and succeeded to stall and obstruct justice until they had come up with a commercial product to replace CFCs, namely HFCs. In the time between they did their best to change politicians minds and public opinion spreading fake news and doubt about the scientist studies showing the clear negative effects already in the 1970s. So well into 1987 DuPont made sure they wouldn't loose hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue they had come up with the replacement chemical - and yes HFCs are also bad for climate - a partial phasing out also HFCs under the 2016 Kigali Protocol. How do I know this? Read more here: 1. 2. And do read the story here 3. And here 5. And for those wanting to know more go online or to your public library or archive to reade the study: "Ethics of Du Pont's CFC Strategy 1975–1995", Smith B. Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 17, Number 5, April 1998, pp. 557–568(12)" ( 6. And And and I quote @UNFCC in their article lineked to above: "So everything is fine now? Not quite. The bad news is that we still need air conditioners and fridges which need gases to power them. Those gases are hydrofluorocarbons AKA HFCs, which, while they don’t damage the ozone layer directly, do contribute to global warming, and are their use is gradually being reduced under the 2016 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Also, the long life of chemicals released into the atmosphere means their effects are still seen decades after they are no longer in use. Is that why the hole is getting bigger again? While the hole in the ozone layer this past winter was one of the largest since monitoring began forty years ago, a large part of that was down to a polar vortex - high winds – that trapped freezing air over the North Pole for several weeks. Those winds created a sort of circular cage-like effect, which created high-altitude clouds. Those clouds, combined with man-made pollution (such as chlorine and bromine), created a huge hole about three times the size of Greenland. Despite this, the overall trend is good, and the Montreal Protocol has made a real difference, and illustrated the importance of global, multilateral cooperation in the fight against climate change." So my question to #WeDontHaveTime and you is: do we have time for looking into the story behind the "easy" story #WeCanDoIt Muhammad Fahd Khan?

    • Munene Mugambi

      38 w

      The ozone layer has been in ICU for a while. What are our plans on saving it?

      • Mwesigwa Jaffar

        38 w

        The ozone layer has already been depleted, so we must seek ways of stopping that as well as creating ways of coping with it

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