For years the climate crisis was “long”. Now it’s here. For months the Glasgow Climate Summit has been a looming disaster. Today, after Democrats admit they’ll have to cut deeply into Biden’s omnibus Build Back Better reconciliation bill, and China announced it wouldn’t be ending coal-fired plants anytime soon, the Glasgow summit’s outcome has been predetermined. It will be a huge disappointment for all climate activists, and it will presage the decline of Western and Eastern civilizations. It may even preordain the end of the human experiment. Glasgow was our last, best hope to avoid a dire fate. Now we know we’ve blown it. We have nobody to blame but ourselves.
The dust has settled at COP27, the 27th United Nations Climate Conference at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt where a record 45,000 people registered to attend. The longest running summit of all the conferences, agreements made in the final moments has left us all with hope but also doubts.