Climate change: reinventing ourselves

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Breaking old codes, reinventing a new world suitable not just for living but also for surviving. This is the main pillar to move forward in the relentless path of climate change. To achieve this goal we need first to change our minds and create new codes that could rule a new human and a new world.

We´re not challenge by competiveness –axis of the old code- but with “Nature & us” in terms of concepts, perceptions, values and daily habits. Paradoxically this is the good part of this conflict stage: the struggle is against ourselves in the sense that climate change is caused by human action, therefore changing our internal codes become fundamental to achieve changes in the short term.

Matters like ethics or transparency so devaluated in current “political times” have now an impact in climate change far more serious that in the past. In fact, the success of this process comes from grown up political systems, strong enough to take decisions with a global focus.

Globalization become a great tool at the service of policy makers by seeing environmental impact as a supra national interest and a threaten element of destruction. To get to that point institutional systems must shift towards innovative organization structures. COP21 shows that is possible…but is not enough. The axis of balance is represented by the joint action of institutions acting in a global basis.

Reforms must be done and priorities to reduce greenhouse emissions demands urgent action. However, subsidies policies for fossil fuels companies continue, meanwhile a cruel reality shows the increasing devastation caused by climate change. An example is given with with the shortage of water in Karachi, Pakistan that is living an entirely population without their source of surviving: their land. One of the most brutal pictures of climate change is to see the complete devastation of the land that force people not only to transform their lives personal and professional but also to migrate. That is the terrible domino effect that is also a matter of overcoming mental codes and be prepared emotionally to the uncertainty in a complete new era in terms of daily habits and way of doing business. In fact, business as usual is an old concept in itself and it’s contributing to create a huge negative impact in the environment.

The way we have been used elements like water, energy, manufacturing process of dwelling, clothing, food, land use, etc., need to be complete revised and catch up to a new dimension of living, or at least of surviving. Yes, with that dramatic connotation is that we have to approach current challenge to assure a restrained less 2ºC. But to achieve all this extreme measures the general “landscape” that we see in politics or finance need to shift 180º and enter in a sustainable path of transparency and accountability.

Therefore, political global consensus becomes one of the pillars to work with and the main platform to sustain those changes with an equal and wide impact in climate change. Innovation and adaptation, the big leading guides to focus the challenge of climate change in a world weaken for other threats (corruption, unemployment, violent conflicts, etc.) that although, are not related to climate change crisis contributes negatively on its solution. To enter with strength in this new dimension of uncertainty we need to re-invent by re-educating individuals and institutions able to shape a global strategy in climate change. Indeed if there is not a truly and in-depth reform at educational levels that raise awareness and create a new culture around innovation and adaptation, we will not be able to overcome one of the most important challenges in humanity: their own existence.



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