Sailors to the Rescue

Jack and Jude
Deckee Pro  Posted October 6 2016

Wind Sailors are about as close to Earth as a person can get. We feel its mighty forces every second we're afloat, and we use them to propel ourselves across its vast kingdom. Every sailor we know loves Nature even though it knocks us about and challenges us. As a group we are probably the most connected to Earth, and know it better than most.

Climate Change is not a furphy like many believe including a lot of our rule makers. They are "Fiddling while Rome Burns," because they know to take action limiting the population will see them out of a job. 

Paris climate agreement comes into forceSo far, 73 countries accounting for 56 per cent of emissions have ratified the agreement. This includes the world’s two largest emitters: China and the US. The agreement, reached last December, required ratification by at least 55 countries accounting for 55 per cent of global emissions to become operational. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol had identical entry-into-force conditions. Yet it took eight years for the protocol to move from adoption to entry into force.

Sounds Good – But it is not what it seems.The more realistic explanation for the ratification landslide is less inspiring. The Paris Agreement is so weak in terms of legal obligations that countries have little reason not to ratify it. The legal obligations of the Paris Agreement are sparse and procedural. Countries are bound to submit increasingly stringent pledges every five years. Yet they are not obliged to achieve them.

What about Australia?Australia has yet to ratify the Paris Agreement, but will likely do so. Then what?

Target TroublesCurrently, Australia has made an intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to reduce emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030. If Australia joins the Paris Agreement this would likely become our first pledge under the deal.

But existing modelling suggests we will significantly miss this target. In fact we will INCREASE our levels.

Climate Action Tracker estimates that Australia is instead on track to increase emissions above 27 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 (this equates to 61 per cent above 1990 levels).

They note: “Australia stands out as having the largest relative gap between current policy projections for 2030 and the INDC target.”

Increased Grassroots Action RequiredAin’t it great that Australian politicians fiddle with your children’s future while wild storms and extreme weather destroy our homes and infrastructure. When will we have leaders with the courage and foresight to change the archaic mindset imprisoning our politicians. It's going to take a groundswell call for action by the people. 

Use social media – speak loud, speak often or the future will be far more destructive to Earth and life.

Taken from Earth Now, where you can find more on saving Earth

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Jessica Watson
Posted October 7 2016
Thanks for sharing this post, it's hard to imagine that there's any sailors who don't have great concern for the oceans and climate. I was really happy to see that World Sailing (ISAF) have included a commitment to protect the world's oceans in it's updated vision. I've also been admiring the work of groups like Sailors for the Sea in the US. Hopefully this all helps to encourage Australian sailors to ramp up our efforts, asap!
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