An Introduction to our next Month Event, “Climate Justice and Unheard Voices” which will take place on Thursday, 24th March 2022 at 5pm GMT, written by one of our Circular Society Network Members, Edward Bogdan. Thank You for your contribution Ed.
The term, “climate justice”, in part, highlights the fact that those nations most responsible for global warming have been hurt the least. They, in turn, should feel obligated to assist the nations needing assistance. Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, a Georgetown University philosopher, identified the issue one year ago, in the DW newsletter, Undercurrent, best by stating, “We’re all in this climate crisis, but we’re not all in it together.”
We, as co-inhabitants of this planet, should feel the same obligation. But many individuals living in regions not yet impacted choose to turn deaf ears to those who have been affected. They feel it is not their problem, so why should they care? Their lack of empathy for others may very well backfire on them in the future.
Today, no country, or individual, is immune from the potential of a climactic catastrophe. Some climate patterns considered normal ten years ago are no longer current. These changes have already altered the thinking of many regarding their safety and well-being.
Many living far from coastal or riverine zones were unconcerned about flooding. Yet, the total cost of the 2015/2016 floods in the United Kingdom has been estimated at between £1.3 and 1.9 billion.
Some residents of northwesternmost USA cities, like Portland, Oregon, did not think about extended heat waves. Yet, Portland, Oregon was the focal point of a “heat dome” in 2021 which generated temperatures well above 100˚F several days in a row.
Some north Atlantic and central Pacific Ocean country residents were not overly concerned about oncoming cyclones. Yet, these countries are now experiencing more cyclones than those in the western Pacific and south Indian Ocean regions.
Many Latin Americans were not overly concerned for the functionality of their inland shipping routes or adequacy of their crop yields. Yet, widespread drought in Latin America has reduced crop yields and food production generating food insecurities.
The efficacy of caring for others and need for climate justice are intricately tied together.
The EA Project is hosting an online Climate Justice Online Conference and Networking event on Thursday March 24, 2022 at 5pm GMT. Please join us to explore how you can help us bring Climate Justice to those in need due to global warming.
Edward Bogdan, February 2022
Ed Bogdan is an environmental engineer with bachelor degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from New York University and a Masters in sanitary engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
He worked as an industrial water discharge permitting specialist with USEPA – Region IX and a community planning consultant prior to founding/managing Quepco, his own environmental planning consulting firm, for twenty years.
For the past fifteen years, Mr. Bogdan has been providing proposal management and preparation assistance to scores of major and minor Washington DC area corporations as an independent consultant.
He is today retired and working on systems to transform food waste to energy with local communities and is also happy to help with formulation of policies to help facilitate the implementation of these solutions and collaborations in any city who wants to get started or has already started and needs support, around the globe.
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