The Future of the World’s Climate vs. YOLO

COP20 fot. unfccc flickr.com CC

COP20 fot. unfccc flickr.com CC

„The international community has set itself the goal of preventing a 2 degrees Celsius increase in the average temperature compared to the pre-industrial era” – We read in report from the climate summit in Lima, Peru. „Not a single country has done enough to prevent dangerous climate change, which by the end of the 21st century can result in an increase of global temperature by 2 degrees Celsius” – emphasize the authors of „The Climate Change Performance Index 2015” report, which assesses the progress of 58 countries surveyed in the reduction of CO2 emissions. The fact that the first three spots in the ranking remained empty is telling. None of the countries was placed on the podium in the race to stop an impending climate disaster.

Riddle: Will the international community reach its goal?
Answer: Hehe.

Riddle: What is the international community made of, since no country has not done enough?
Answer: Not of countries for sure.

In the end, if all countries agreed, they would have probably done something about it. On the other hand, it is not enough to just agree with something in order to actually get something done. I for example agree that one shouldn’t eat sweets before bedtime. And yet I do. Why do I expect the international community to be more reasonable than I am? My expectations don’t make sense.

It’s not without a reason that our Ministry of Environment Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry changed it’s name to Ministry of Environment. Not only is it shorter, but it also reflects reality better. The environment can no longer be protected, all that’s left is to managing it’s degradation. And it would look kind of silly if the Minister of Environment Protection showed up at the celebration of Barbórka (4 December, St. Barbara’s Day – the patron saint of miners). And yet, he shoud show up (as he does), because in the end the coal industry has a significant impact on the environment. Although not exacly on protecting it. Some, admittedly, mock the Minister of the Environment for appearing in a miner’s outfit at the miners celebration pointing out it’s a bit as if the Minister of Health spoke at a  a tobacco industry conference, dressed up as a cigarette. But after all, we live in a country where the ex Minister of Health and todays Prime Minister is a cigarette addict, who actively fought against the ban on smoking in public places, and now she fights so that the energy prices won’t rise, even by a grosz (smallest coin in Poland, equivalent of USD 0.0030 and EUR 0.0024 at 14 December 2014), which in Poland implies huge public donations for otherwise bancrupting mines. Contradictions, contradictions, contradictions. Life is full of them.

I’m sitting in the mountains in a house I inherited after my grandparents, watching my uncle who labouriously turns off radiators before leaving. I know I should too, but my electric bill is so low I often forget. Through my window I’ve watched snowmen melt. Yesterday you could still see two sad, dirty stumps. Today they’re gone. It used to be that in mid-December you could make snowmen so winter lovers must be dissapointed. Though there’s still hope for them. If the temperature drops below zero, snow cannons will be put into action. Let’s not dissapoint them. We are going to fight. We have cannons and we won’t hesitate to use them.

Yesterday I talked with my aunt. She says that we live in the age of decline. Something like the last period of the Roman Empire. For a moment we wondered, who will survive the collapse of civilization an what will come after it. But we didn’t come to any conclusions. So stopped complaining and turned on Charlie Kaufman’s „Adaptation”. When the main character was no longer able to cope with writing the scenario, he sougth help from a screenwriting guru, who told him that the most important thing in a movie is the last act. It’s what determines the reception of entire whole film. My aunt went to sleep before the movie ended, but she asked me to tell her in the morning what went on after she left. When I woke up I remembered her request but not for the world could I  remember how the movie ended. I ended up turning it on again just to see the ending. It ends stupidly so no wonder I forgot. The main character goes off, happy and hopeful.

Translation: Łukasz Kozak, Maja Rozbicka