In the Western hemisphere, and now in the Eastern hemisphere each new generation has lived a more prosperous, safer and better life than the preceding generation. But that trend of improvement in life expectation has reversed, and now in many if not most, nations the younger generation will be less prosperous than the generation that begat them, and what challenges will future generations face as a result of climate change, today barely considered and kicked firmly off the back burner into the long grass?
I could list all the data that shows of the past twelve months the atmospheric carbon dioxide has continue to increase and the world has suffered from higher temperatures and the Arctic sea ice has become less than ever previously recorded. I could then draw a link with these statistics and the exceptional weather London has recently suffered, with the hottest September temperatures for more than eighty years and, what looks likely now, record rainfall.
The unusual weather has not been limited to London. Many places have experienced exceptional weather, and in some cases record heat, rainfall or storms. The fact that climate change is now unfashionable does not mean that the climate has stopped changing. It has not stopped it has not stopped and the rate of change is gathering pace. Our descendants will have to change their expectations in life quite drastically from our present expectations as a result of climate change.
The irony is that we were told before the economic crash of 2008, that if we concentrated our resources on fighting climate change we would become impoverished and we would curtail growth. Since 2008 humanity has managed to become less prosperous and curtailed growth without doing anything to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas, prevent the build-up of atmospheric carbon dioxide or fight climate change. That is quite an achievement.