What Change?

Rishab KhannaThe challenges we see in the UNFCCC ( United Nations Climate Change Convention), are not very different from the challenges we see among civil society, or the challenges we, the IofC team, have with living in Maria’s ( Our sweet host in Durban) house.  Wei, Firyal, Jennifer, John Liu and myself are going on a collective journey of collectively creating our living and work space. We have diverse perceptions about life and work, which have been upsetting at times, but create a dynamic lively atmosphere to our life.

Equitable burden sharing of resources in the climate change conference between developed and developing world, is not very different from us pooling our resources in our respective capacities to run the house. The lack of space in the house was a challenge. There was frustration and people lobbied for better sleeping infrastructure, which was later on created. It’s the same with the small island states and most of the African continent which has already people dying due to climate change. Frustration and anger is on the rise. They need the resources to adapt to catastrophic climate change, and it needs to happen now.

We are the change we need to see in the world.

Our response to climate change is definitely not just a political or economic response. It’s about us reflecting on what kind of response is required to change ourselves, and what we need to change in ourselves. It is about getting connecting to ourselves, to our inner selves. The inner voice of guidance will take us in the right direction, where I could change along with my family,communities, nations and the world.

We are the change we need to see in the world.


4 thoughts on “What Change?

  1. Thank you for this interesting blog. We are following your reports as well as those in our daily newspapers. Glad that you could sort out your accommodation in Durban and that you linked up with Geoff Lean.
    If you see our newspapers, you will know that our Parliament has just voted for a new Informamation Bill, dubbed the Secrecy Bill. Civil society is campaigning against this. (www.right2know.co.za) Several environmental issues are at stake and if this bill becomes law, we would not have access to information that will affect climate, mining in sensitive areas, arms deals and so on.
    Looking forward to your further posts.

  2. Right on point. I often look at my work teams, my family and other relationships as the place where big change must start. Our individual interactions in relationships are simply brought to bear in more profound ways when we look at big issues on the global scale. They almost always come back to human behavior. So yeah, our first impact is always where we are and it’s the place to start.

  3. Read some of the points made by Lord Monckton, one of the leading lights of the anti-global-warming lobby (he’s in Durban). The debate and way forward, I believe, come down to two issues, one technical or institutional, the other moral.

    On the technical/institutional side, arguments can continue forever around how much the undeniable changes in climate and environmental impacts are the result of irresponsible human intervention, how much they are an expected and unavoidable part of the life processes on this planet. The debate then focuses on how much the powers that drive the industrial juggernaut that consumes resources are prepared to tinker with the machine that gives them their power and leverage (the two motive forces that power most isms – capitalism, socialism, communism, etc). Important but not the paradigm change that will make the difference necessary.

    On the moral side, the issue is lifestyle – what we, the so-called 99% believe we need to have in order to make life worthwhile. And what we are prepared to change/giveup/adopt for the sake of a greater good. Al Gore made the point at the start of his “Inconvenient Truth” campaign, that the issue was ultimately a moral one. Very few of the decision-makers see it as such. It is an “inconvenient truth” to think that changing human nature, one person at a time, is the real solutiuon. That’s why those who give their lives to take this less-travelled path are the “mad ones” of society. That’s also why I believe one needs a motive power and perspective much larger than one’s personal reach and qualities to provide the necessary energy and perseverance to continue the path of madness.

    Delighted you all made it to COP 17 and managed to find a place to doss down. Hope it was worthwhile!

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