"This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history", Ms Figueres stated at a press conference in Brussels.In 2011 Ms Figueres said something similar. In a speech given in Madrid four hears ago, MS Figueres claimed that the recent unrest in Egypt was caused by rising food-prices which were caused by global warming
"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution. That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 - you choose the number. It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation."
On a global level, increasingly unpredictable weather patterns will lead to falling agricultural production and higher food prices, leading to food insecurity. In Africa, crop yields could decline by as much as 50% by 2020. Recent experiences around the world clearly show how such situations can cause political instability and undermine the performance of already fragile states.She added that if we took part of our defense spending and invested it in reducing carbon [while standing on one foot and singing Kumbayah?] we could avoid the "horrors" associated with global warming (I added the one foot-Kumbauah part).
Decisions on future defense spending are intricately linked to decisions on immediate climate investment through the different future risk assessments.
What will be better?
Even under current trends, the rate of defence spending growth could account for a major part of the money needed to cut global emissions and to help the vulnerable, often in the most unstable areas of the world, to protect their societies from crumbling under climateIn other words we should cut defense spending and give that money to other countries so they can solve their carbon problems-- world-wide re-distribution of income, a point made in 2010 by United Nations' IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer:
But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.It is a rare occurance when the supporters of the Climate Change hypothesis tell the truth about why they are pushing their plan. Climate change enthusiasts tend to be liberal and or progressive because their ultimate goal is worldwide redistribution of income.