Climate change Miscellaneous writing

Left behind in the rush

‘Anyone happy in this age and place

Is daft or corrupt. Better to abdicate

From a material and spiritual terrain

Fit only for barbarians’

Roy Fuller (1912-1991), Translation (written early 1950s)

Climate change Miscellaneous writing

Leaving Glasgow

Draft CMA decision proposed by the President
The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement,
Emphasizing the importance of multilateralism in tackling climate change and the
crucial role of international cooperation in implementing the Paris Agreement to the highest
possible ambition,
Acknowledging the devastating impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and
the importance of ensuring a sustainable, resilient and inclusive global recovery, showing
solidarity particularly with developing country Parties,
Also acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties
should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their
respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples,
local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable
situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women
and intergenerational equity,
Noting the importance of ensuring the integrity of all ecosystems, including the ocean
and the cryosphere, and the protection of biodiversity, recognized by some cultures as Mother
Earth, and noting the importance for some of the concept of ‘climate justice’ when taking
action to address climate change,
Guided by equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective
capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances,
Expressing appreciation to the Heads of State and Government who participated in
the World Leaders Summit in Glasgow and for the increased targets and actions announced
and the commitments made to work together and with non-Party stakeholders to accelerate
action in key sectors by 2030, noting that some Parties chose to endorse the Glasgow Leaders’
Declaration on Forests and Land Use1 and the Breakthrough Agenda,
Recognizing the important role of civil society, including youth and indigenous
peoples, in addressing and responding to climate change, and highlighting the urgent need
for action…

Climate change Miscellaneous writing

Praise of Folly

To sum up , if you could look down from the moon…on the countless hordes of mortals, you’d think you saw a swarm of flies or gnats quarrelling amongst themselves, fighting, plotting, stealing, playing, making love, being born, growing old and dying. It’s hard to believe how much trouble and tragedy this tiny little creature can stir up, shortlived as he is, for sometimes a brief war or an outbreak of plague can carry off and destroy many thousands at once.

Erasmus, Praise of Folly (1971). Penguin Books, London. Translated Betty Radice. (First published in 1511.)