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Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humanity now and in years to come. There were some very idealistic views on how this problem could be tackled in our lectures this week, however i dont think people realise the colossal size the task of reaching a sustainably developed world really is. We all saw the mountain of about 300,000 tonnes of coal at Moneypoint which is small compared with the numerous other plants around the world! We’ve all seen traffic congestion. Most sources agree that there are more than 600 million motor vehicles in the world today and if current trends persist there will be almost twice that by the year 2030.

In Friday’s lecture i chose to stand by sustainable development and i do realise how optimistic i was being, but if we want a safe world for future generations we have to try to reach it. However radical changes will have to be made, socially and politically. Why would any electorate vote a government into power that promises to stint economic growth and aid developing countries in their development. The fact remains, democracy is built on greed. im not saying a left-wing government would work as the past has taught us. what we need is to better educate everybody on what has to be done and the consequences they face if they ignore the problem.

But as i said the task is a grave one and in the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. We are faced now with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late…We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: Too late.”

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