The COP 27
took place in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh city
from 6 to 18th November 2022.
Egypt’s minister of foreign affairs, Sameh
Shoukry, is taking over from
Alok Sharma (also attending) and will play a key role at the summit.
The host is Abdel
Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt's president. An opening speech from Simon
Stiell, UNFCCC executive, got the ball rolling.
A big question mark is still hovering over King Charles
III’s attendance. Previous UK PM Liz Truss reportedly “advised” the new monarch - a veteran climate advocate - that he should not go, and Buckingham Palace confirmed he would comply.
SKY NEWS 30 OCTOBER 2022
King Charles will host a reception for key COP27 figures at Buckingham Palace on Friday, despite not attending the conference himself.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference begins in Egypt on 6 November, but the King - who has been a passionate campaigner on environmental issues - will not be going.
The reception will bring together over 200 international business leaders, decision makers and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to mark the end of the United Kingdom's presidency of COP26 and look ahead to the COP27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.
The reception has been organised to facilitate discussion of sustainable growth, progress made since COP26 in Glasgow and collective and continued efforts to tackle climate change.
The King has attended the UN climate conference for a number of years and delivered one of the keynote speeches at the opening ceremony for COP26 in Glasgow.
Guests will include Prime Minister Rishi
Sunak, who pulled out of the summit last week, so he could focus on "domestic challenges" here in the UK. He is expected to speak briefly at the event.
COP26 President Alok Sharma, who lost his cabinet seat in the latest reshuffle, will also be there, along with America's special envoy on climate change, John Kerry.
Mr Sunak has faced criticism for his decision not to attend the event, with Labour leader
Keir Starmer saying the prime minister was missing an opportunity to "pull world leaders together".
Earlier this week, former energy secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said Mr Sunak was right not to go to the summit, saying: "The cost of living won't be solved in Sharm el-Sheikh where each hotel room for the conference is £2,000 a night."
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Long before it was deemed fashionable or important, King Charles was focused on the environment.
It is for this reason that he was deployed as a not-so-secret weapon ahead of the
G20 and COP26 climate change summits in late 2021.
The Washington Post summed it up in its typically blunt American style:
Charles, once dismissed as a plant-talking oddball, takes his environmental bona fides to COP26."
Except this time it was not plants, but prime ministers.
There was hope his personal relationship with India's Narendra Modi would help persuade one of the world's largest polluters to agree to the phasing out of coal.
It almost did.
In the end, the Glasgow climate pact language urged countries to "phase down" rather than phase out unabated coal use.
Far from perfect, but better than nothing, and partly thanks to Charles.
Of course he is not elected, and cannot shape the laws or regulations of the UK.
And as monarch, he will be newly distanced from campaigning and convening, having already said in a speech: "'It will no longer be possible to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I cared so deeply, but I know this important work will go on in the trusted hands of others."
By others, he means Prince William, whose Royal Foundation is already focused on protecting the natural world, and who also attended COP26.
It will be mainly via Prince William then, that the King will direct the extraordinary soft power of his family towards tackling climate change.
It is a power underpinned by a reach across the Commonwealth and its 2.4 billion people and it has been a long time in the making.
King Charles has been at this for fifty years.
Soil health, holistic medicine, organic food, sustainable, regenerative agriculture, radical town planning, rare-breed preservation, the importance of biodiversity and nature based solutions to climate change, the spiritual connection between people and the natural world - the list of his interests is long and has at times seemed wacky.
That is until the rest of the world started following suit.
Now billions are being poured into reforestation, decarbonising agriculture, reshaping the way we plan and build communities around mass transport, and much more besides.
An awkward problem
But it is not all roses and healthy bee populations.
Like most public figures who take a strong position on a particular issue, the King's own life has and will be scrutinised for contradictions.
For example he may have converted some boilers to biomass, installed solar panels on the roof of Clarence House, and run his Aston Martin on bioethanol produced from white wine and whey.
But on the basis of his travel alone, offsets notwithstanding, King Charles's personal carbon footprint is huge.
This brings us to an awkward problem.
Inequity and injustice are perhaps the central issues of climate change, and it is arguably much more challenging to be credible on these things when you are a royal.
Prince Harry learned this the hard way when he flew on a private jet to attend a Google-hosted climate change summit.
It may well be that the Royal Family sticks closely to the more familiar terrain of conservation.
But even this area is a fraught one for the monarchy of a former colonial power.
Conservation is a very comfortable conservative cause. The clue is in the name.
Former US president and environmentalist Theodore Roosevelt knew it, and so does the increasingly powerful Conservative Environment Network.
But an instinct to preserve the natural order of things can, if not articulated carefully, accompany other more politically perilous issues, like opposition to the population growth of developing countries.
Prince William once sailed very close to this particular wind, drawing criticism when he said in a speech that "the increasing pressure on Africa's wildlife and wild spaces as a result of human population presents a huge challenge for conservationists, as it does the world over."
Twitter justice was swift and vicious.
One conservative commentator wrote: "'If the natives keep reproducing, there won't be as many impalas for me to shoot!' Morally backward as this line of thinking is, one cannot help but be amused by the audacity."
Film and TV producer Franklin Leonard wrote: "'There are too many Africans' is quite the position."
The incident is just one example of the scrutiny directed at the Royal Family.
But scrutiny is a fact of life for them.
Maximising an impact in the battle against climate change means choosing words and tone very carefully.
Not an easy task under the glare of a relentless spotlight, although it is unlikely to prevent them from trying.
DEBT - LIVING ON BORROWED TIME
United Kingdom is an example of a country ignoring the principle of Zero
Carbon, or sustainable development, with the build of hundreds of
thousands of executive homes, devoid of solar panels or electric
vehicle charging points. While there are almost no (zero) affordable
homes to help ease the financial slavery gripping the economy. With
panic setting in after years of economic mismanagement. A
pattern adopted by modern Labour
politicians in the 20th and 21st centuries, leading to climate
change, air pollution and staggering national debts of £2.4
Trillion pounds - to buy the electorate - and votes. As a result, the
United Kingdom is paying well over the odds to live. Policies saddling
every citizen with staggering debts, that the country cannot afford to
Debt £billions as % GDP
2020 Q2 = £2,069.3 - 94.5%
2020 Q3 = £2139.0 - 98.8%
2020 Q4 = £2,204.8 - 102.5%
2021 Q1 = £2,223.0 - 103.8%
2021 Q2 = £2,296.4 - 103.0%
2021 Q3 = £2,332.9 - 102.7%
2021 Q4 = £2,382.8 - 102.8%
2022 Q1 = £2,365.4 - 99.6%
Source: Office for National Statistics - UK government (conservative)
debt and deficit
2022 the UK's gross debt was £2,365.4 billion at the end of Quarter 1
(Jan to Mar) 2022, equivalent to 99.6% of gross domestic product (GDP).
Leaving almost no reserves, taking the country to the brink in any
language. Where growth is contrary to sustainable or circular
economics. Simply because our earth is being drained at the rate of
2.4 planets, of the ability of the world to recover. Meaning that, to
start to get things under control, borrowing needs to reduce to £985
billion pounds at present GDP (in the UK example). A truly sustainable
economy would not need any borrowings, but have reserves rather than
debt, as in nature. Meaning that around 20-30 years of UK politicians
appear to have been irresponsible.
that level of insanity, madness if you prefer, is economic suicide. With
the electorate paying the price, losing the real value of their savings
as the £pound plummets on the markets.
the international community thus, be considering a return to gold and
sliver coins, or an Agricultural Dollar, allied to an Energy Dollar. An
AgroEnergy $Dollar (if you will) could be set against a level of
sustainable production of foods and electricity
or hydrogen, linked to gold and silver coinage (again index linked to
the proposed $AgroEnergy dollar). Cutting out fossil
fuels altogether. As being a corrupt influence, generating corrupt
policies and corrupt politicians. Mostly in the pockets of those
contributing to party funds, under the influence of cronyism. Most
easily demonstrated by the appointment to the House of Lords of Dominic
Johnson, a Conservative donor given a lifetime peerage so he could be a minister
then sacked from the government after just 26 days.
Dominic Johnson founded an investment firm with former business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2007.
In October 2022, he was given a seat in the House of Lords by then PM Liz Truss, who made him an investment minister.
Lord Johnson was vice-chairman of the Conservative Party between 2016 and 2019, and has donated more than £250,000 to the party since 2014.
He was made a lifetime Conservative peer on 19 October, becoming Lord Johnson of
Lainston. It was a necessary move for him to hold the roles, as government ministers have to be either MPs or members of the House of Lords.
Members of the House of Lords who are not ministers or office holders are not paid a salary, but can claim an allowance of up to £332 per day attended.
Responding to Lord Johnson's dismissal, Labour's shadow international trade secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said his appointment was "yet another example of Conservative cronyism" that would damage the UK's reputation.
"This is what happens when you have a government that puts party first and the country second," he added.
agree that with this level of corruption, as cash for peerages, British
politics is dooming the electorate to generations of financial hardship
for honest hard working youngsters, starting out in life.
promoting growth are somewhat behind the curve. We reached saturation
point many years ago. The planet cannot sustain growth, even turbo
charged with chemical fertilizers. Such agricultural practices, designed
to boost harvests to feed the starving millions, creates deserts of agricultural
land and washes nutrients into the sea, where it manifests as sargassum
blooms - creating havoc for island economies, also harming marine
earth can only produce so much food and other produce, hence
support so many people.
In our view the agricultural food limitation (security)
should be the recognised Standard for all Member Nations to
abide by, as a basic rule. To be established as soon as
possible as a currency limitation to be imposed on banks. Using coal to
accelerate a developing economy, will give us a population that
renewables cannot sustain - so starvation of millions - as in Africa.
Truss, showed the UK electorate that she did not have a clue as
to economic recovery in a cost of living crisis, engineered by the
Conservatives over 15 years of corrupt policy and climate mismanagement.
Forty-four days later, in October 2022, Rishi
Sunak got in the saddle, blazing a Crypto-Currency trail, to promote
money based on even less than the false promise on a One Pound Note:
"to pay the bearer on demand." Money that is not underwritten
by gold, food, or energy, is worthless. Banks want to sell money and get
rich, while they sit back and enjoy the efforts of your labours,
watching you toil. knowing full well that their money will be worth much
less in subsequent years. It is called financial slavery. Saving using
paper money, digitally or otherwise, is pointless. We need a return to
barter based on gold, silver, food or energy (tokens), to break the hold
non-productive leaches have on society.
TALK - Boris
Johnson's Government were too slow to
introduce policies and tax breaks to gird the loins of the energy
industry and farming communities to combat global warming, and got the
Order of The Boot (OTB) as Prime
Minister (PM). Don't Call Us (DCU), because You F--ked Up (YFU). So
that is Boris Johnson PM OTB, YFU, DCU.
2, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
3, KYOTO, JAPAN
4, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
5, BONN, GERMANY
6, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
7, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
8, NEW DELHI, INDIA
9, MILAN, ITALY
10, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
11/CMP 1, MONTREAL, CANADA
12/CMP 2, NAIROBI, KENYA
13/CMP 3, BALI, INDONESIA
14/CMP 4, POZNAN, POLAND
COP 15/CMP 5, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
16/CMP 6, CANCUN, MEXICO
17/CMP 7, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
18/CMP 8, DOHA, QATAR
19/CMP 9, WARSAW, POLAND
20/CMP 10, LIMA, PERU
21/CMP 11, Paris, France
22/CMP 12/CMA 1, Marrakech, Morocco
23/CMP 13/CMA 2, Bonn, Germany
24/CMP 14/CMA 3, Katowice, Poland
25/CMP 15/CMA 4, Santiago, Chile
COP 26/CMP 16/CMA 5, Glasgow, Scotland
COP 26/ Glasgow, Scotland 1-12 November
COP 27/ Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November