We speak a lot about travel on this podcast. Flying around the world to visit other countries can be a wonderful adventure.
But should we be thinking more about climate change and the effect we are having on global warming every time we buy a plane ticket? Find out what we think in this episode.
Voice message from Rafael who thinks we should think more to save the planet.
Last dayX – the other day
too much crowds of peopleX . Too many people/such large crowds of people
Should we travel less in order to help stop global warming?
How much should we, as individuals, accept responsibility for climate change?
Montreal Protocol, 1987
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 1992
Kyoto Protocol, 2005
Paris Agreement, 2015 (requires all countries to set emissions-reduction pledges)
COP26 in Glasgow November 2021
Every five years, countries are supposed to assess their progress toward implementing the agreement through a process known as the global stocktake; the first is planned for 2023.
Countries set their own targets, and there are no enforcement mechanisms to ensure they meet them.
Are governments doing enough?
Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. Carbon Majors Report
If we take the initiative and install solar panels in our homes, will they bring the ‘sun tax’ back’ and how can I be expected to buy an electric car when there’s nowhere to charge it?
Many celebrities publicly urge us all to think twice about the carbon footprint we might produce. Should we pay them any special attention just because they’re famous? Are they really any more responsible than the rest of us? Reza certainly doesn’t give a damn what fellow Irishman Bono of U2 has to say about saving the planet if this commonly reported story is true.
But let’s not pick only on Bono. It is a fact, not false news, that VIPs and important statesmen/women often jet across the world to go to Climate Change meetings, and sometimes in their own private jets. Outrageous hypocrisy!
There’s an old but still very common saying in English: “Practise what you preach!”
Preachy hypocrites can be terribly annoying!
I wonder just how much exotic food is flown into the Davos meetings to satisfy the very demanding tastes of some of the speakers there when they’re talking about how we all need to do our bit for the planet?
We hopefully can still save the planet if we all really do make more effort to consume sensibly and not just waste unnecessary resources while telling other people what they should do. Enough talking, more action, please! No more “blah, blah, blah…”
Greta Thunberg mocks world leaders in ‘blah, blah, blah’ speech – BBC News
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. What do you think? How much should we, as individuals, accept responsibility for climate change?
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