I stand beside one of the iconic windmills in historic Kinderdijk recalling the recent IPCC study that unequivocally states humanity’s code is RED!
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warns of increasingly extreme temperatures, heatwaves, droughts & FLOODING. I wondered what could be worse than what Germany, Belgium and Netherlands experienced some weeks ago that left in its wake so much destruction, devastation and hundreds dead.
Apparently, it could get worse.
And some parts of the world are having it really bad with sweltering temperatures reaching as high as 50 C, wild wide fires and some other areas, experiencing endless torrential rainfalls. It is all too clear, these are the downsides of global warming.
The UN climate report, authored by 200 scientists highlights human activity as the main driver, influencing the change in climate. While the report is no surprise, it is optimistic about the role we as humans can and must play to transform the current code red from a state of emergency towards one that is stable.
However, scientists are also hopeful that with STRONG and SUSTAINED actions, HUMANS can make all the difference.
Humans, like the Dutch, who ingeniously harnessed wind into an exceptionally unique water draining system that essentially led to the creation of dry land on what was once considered not habitable. Indeed human wits, technology and nature can work TOGETHER to transform a dire and even deadly situation into one of light and hope.