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Do people have faith in the politic of climate change

Across the world, the people do not have much faith in politicians’ ability to meet the climate threat. And of course, people are right. If the world is to avoid a climate catastrophe, measures that affect everyday life will be required. Politicians can make decisions, but we will all need to change our lives.

These days, when the UN’s major climate summit, Cop 26, is taking place in Glasgow, it is not difficult to line up the challenges. In a report, the UN meteorological organization states that extreme weather is now the new normal. The last seven years will be the warmest measured and with today’s increase in greenhouse gases, all-temperature targets will go all the way around the world.

Must be a turning point

UN Secretary-General António Guterres says the meeting in Glasgow must be a turning point. Britain’s Prince Charles speaks of “the desperate voices of young people”. Boris Johnson – says that if Glasgow fails, everything will fail.

There is no alternative to not agreeing, we have to agree and move forward.

It’s true. The meeting in Scotland must be a success. One must agree on rules for emission rights, transparency and time frames. Money is needed for poorer countries to be able to reduce their emissions and adapt to the changes that are already inevitable.

The job starts at home

All that will be difficult enough, but the really difficult thing will happen when the delegations and world leaders have left Glasgow. This is because the agreements must be translated into practical measures.

The climate threat will not be stopped by our individual choices. But the climate cannot be saved without affecting our choices.

That is when we are all affected and populist politicians are tempted to sacrifice climate goals.

That the country’s promises in the Paris Agreement would weigh lightly in Donald Trump’s attempts to satisfy financiers in the oil industry and voters in the coal districts was hardly surprising. But it illustrates how vulnerable the work of protecting the climate is.

We got a more recent example a few weeks ago when the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán accused the EU and the Union of the “green give” of the ongoing energy crisis.

Blame others

The argument that populist politicians always have at hand is that the measures still do not matter. If we do not emit carbon dioxide, someone else will.

That is not true, but that very way of thinking can be the most serious threat to the climate. And that will only change when it is ordinary people who make demands to avert the climate catastrophe that is getting closer and closer.

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