250 Years Before Positive Environmental Change

The People's Countryside Environmental Debate Podcast

05-11-2023 • 7 mins

“A report produced in the US claimed that if every country went net zero now it would be 250 years before the climate reacted positively. So, should we be doing more than aiming for net zero?” That’s the listener question sent in by Billy, Saugus, Massachusetts, USA.

Co-host William kicks off the conversation by stating that we’ve been putting out a large volume of carbon for decades, and agrees that we should be doing more, or do less, consume less for example. He brings up again that we have been piping out pollution for a very long time, going right back to the beginning of the industrial revolution. He raises the question of what a positive reaction by the climate would actually look like?

Stuart, your other co-host, believes we should always be doing more, but maybe we’ve striven in the wrong areas. He goes on to say it may be too late, and that the world's population will be affected in ways we haven’t even considered yet, and asks that if it is going to take 250 years for the climate to react positively, then it won’t be stable for a number of years.

Stuart throws in there that if we’re going to have to adapt, is that adaptation going to take our eye off the ball for changing? Are we going to keep doing what we’re doing and then adapt to the consequences, or are we going to change?

During this episode it’s mentioned the Wildlife In Everyday Garden Talk Stuart and William are giving for The Flore Gardening Society in Northamptonshire on November 8th at 7.45pm in the Chapel Schoolroom at the Flore United Reformed Church. Details here https://www.floreurc.org.uk/community/garden-society/

This podcast's overall themes are nature, philosophy, climate, the human condition, sustainability, and social justice.

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