This is just a quick post about the effects of climate change that were mentioned in The 11th Hour as well as in our class discussions.
Before we started this class I was on holiday for about a month so I was able to brief myself on the international news on a daily basis. The first report to impact me was on a cyclone that hit Burma in south east Asia. CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Channel) news reports were calling it a global crisis as aid workers were having difficulty accessing the area and over 10,000 people were killed. This was the cover story for days, however it wasn’t long before it was replaced by a story on a tornado that passed through 3 states in the US, killing 22 people and leaving many homeless. If I remember it properly these incidents were about 2 weeks apart. If that wasn’t enough natural damage for the month, days later CBC’s leading story was covering an earthquake that hit China, causing buildings to collapse and thousands more to perish.
After reading these stories one after the other I started to think that something very strange was happening in our global environment. It wasn’t until we started this class that I was able to relate it back to global warming. As was discussed in class and in The 11th Hour, national governments are what stand in the way of changes in favour of sustainable development. I can only hope that this string of natural disasters is enough to catch the attention of at least some decision makers within major governments, and encourage them to start taking action.