We also have to fight for our ultimate ‘home.’ The Earth

Housing activists across the world are fighting for the ‘right to housing.’ The right to have a home – which everybody needs. 

But it appears we also have to fight to defend our ultimate ‘home.’

The latest scientific report (1) on climate change, issued today, says that the Earth’s climate is in deep trouble. 

The temperature of the atmosphere is about 1°C more than it was a couple of hundred years ago as a result of human action. Scientists are saying it may increase by 1.5°C as early as 2030 (2).

The report says that going over 1.5°C would be really bad news. 

We, as housing activists, are fighting for the ‘right  to housing.’ 

Why? So that people can lead dignified, rewarding and productive lives within the communities that they choose. We will win this battle in the long run, there is no doubt about that. 

But it would be ironic to win this battle, but the damage to the climate meant that we have lost our main home – the Earth. 

Sorry. No answers on this one. Just a question: 

How do we integrate the fight for homes with the fight for our ultimate ‘home’ – the Earth – and guard the climate that we have now?  

(1) Special Report of Global Warming on 1.5C.  IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. 

(2) “Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. (high confidence)” Page four of the report.

 

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