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When I sat down to write this
column, I was not yet aware
of the Paris massacre. I had Paris
on my mind though. It s in Paris
that at the end of the month world
leaders and climate negotiators
meet, at the COP21 climate change
conference. The aim is to agree to a
new and legally-binding planetary
pact to fight climate change.
Scientists say it is our last chance
to mitigate destructive climate
IAMovement, an environmental
advocacy NGO, has organised the
Port-of-Spain to Paris Climate
March on November 29. It is part
of a global event, hundreds of
thousands of people participating all
over the world. It has the support
of the United Nations, the French
Embassy, the European Union; and
the Papa Bois Conservation, Sustain
T&T and Global Shapers NGOs.
I thought I would write a hum-
drum bit about how threatened
human existence is by climate
change and how hopeful we are
that ten of thousands of people will
show up to the Climate March in
Policy makers will be influenced
and inspired by public support.
With global vision and resolve we
will do what needs to be done.
It doesn t seem right though, to
take that tone, while the host city
suffers and grieves. Without watch-
ing the news, I know the COP21
conference will take place as
planned. It will not be cancelled. To
do otherwise would be giving in to
terror. I know that France will stand
I thought about causes for the
savagery that divides us, the unrea-
sonableness that rules us. We
knowingly destroy our planet and
fight our brothers and sisters.
History is full of conflict and
atrocities. Maybe it is what drives
us forward as a species. Violence
evolved with us. At one time it
benefitted our species, now it
threatens us. Revenge, spite, hate-
fulness and anger must have all had
some evolutionary advantage. As do
love, kindness, cooperation and for-
giveness. The good and the bad,
they have both made us what we
Our evolution is not complete. It
is not clear what traits will win.
Which genes will be seeded, and
which ones weeded?
Will it be the traits that give us
reason, cooperation, kindness or will
it be the genes that make us greedy,
selfish, destructive, divisive and
There are three types of future
civilizations: Type I, II and III. Type
I civilizations harness all their plan-
et s energy, Type II is able to cap-
ture and use all its neighbouring
star s power and Type III that of its
A Type II civilization is near
indestructible. There is so much
power that just about any threat
known to science can be dealt with.
It is the ultimate sustainability, the
guarantee for life.
Earth is a type 0 civilization. We
use dead plants and animals as fuel.
tus. Some thinkers believe we can
achieve this in 100-200 years. The
splanetary system are being formed.
Technology advances exponential-
ly. Global trading blocks and
treaties are causing nations to
work together towards common
goals. Human kind is becoming
more united in language and
global culture. These are all
prerequisites for the planetary
system. Reason and science are
the tools that make all this
possible. Violence has little use
Some people do not want the
transition towards a planetary
system. They fear it because
they know it will destroy their
way of life. They cling to their
old ways, their beliefs. They are
bound by what benefits them
personally rather than what
benefits us all. They want
nothing to do with a Type I
civilisation. These are the ter-
rorists. There is also hope.
Parisians reached out to
strangers offering a place to
sleep to stranded and scared
commuters and tourists.
No planet has made the tran-
sition to a Type I as yet. We
have no evidence that this is
the case. No energy bursts, no
attempts at contact.
Mathematically there should
be thousands of Type I, II and
III civilizations but there are
none. Maybe they are hiding.
Maybe they self-destructed.
We have made tremendous
advances in thought and tech-
nology, but we also have
weapons of mass destruction,
industrial scale destruction of
ecosystems and human caused
We are in the danger zone.
We have no guarantee that we
will reach planetary safety. We
must master ourselves and
unite if we are to heal and
secure our planet.
We must embrace reason,
kindness, cooperation, resolve,
unity and care for our environ-
The Port-of-Spain to Paris
Climate March is one way to
say no to the terrorists, honour
the lives that were lost and
send a strong message to our
government and negotiators
that we are all in this together.
We demand real CO2 reduc-
tions. Not token amounts that
place the burden for change on
Say yes to life. Yes to global
unity. Yes to change. Yes, do
what needs to be done.
No we do not want life on
our planet to perish in a cli-
mate-induced inferno. We want
to be a Type I civilization but
we will not get there unless we
reduce our carbon footprint.
FROM PORT-OF-SPAIN TO PARIS
A girl enjoys the cool temperatures inside an ice igloo as an activist from the People for the Ehical
Treatment of Animals (PETA), displays a placard to protest this week's APEC (Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation) Summit of Leaders Friday, in Manila, Philippines. PETA is urging the 21-member APEC nations
not to ignore the "environmental devastation caused by the meat industry." The APEC leaders are expected
to tackle the global effects of climate change. AP PHOTO
GLOBAL EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
MARC DE VERTEUIL
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