An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
IF YOU WANT TO IMPRESS friends and acquaintances at your next social gathering, casually ask them if they’ve read Climate Change 2021 – The Physical Science Basis, Contribution of Working Group I to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
It’s the latest United Nations report on climate change and, despite its unwieldy name, it might be the most important document of our generation.
It’s being described as “a code red for humanity” and the “death knell” for the fossil fuel industry. Basically, we’re all doomed unless we do something fast, and even then we can’t avoid dramatic climate change altogether.
What the report is trying to say, through all its scientific jargon, is that the Earth’s climate is going to hell and it’s our fault.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.