Power systems around the world are centuries old and were designed on ‘centralised’ generation burning fossil fuels which means they are far from end-users which increases distribution losses and operational costs. Both are aging and costing more to maintain or decommission (coal plants, poles, wires). They are subsidised by taxpayers, the environmental cost to the Earth, our (our children’s) health and future livelihood in these ways: generate two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gases; biggest emitters of toxic wastes (ash, radioactive, beryllium, fluoride, heavy metals and particulate matter); use vast amounts of water and land.
Climate Change is already having a notable impact on many aspects of human health, including by negatively affecting nutrition, mental wellbeing and labourers’ capacity to work outdoors. Most strikingly, these could combine to threaten a “systemic failure” of the world’s hospitals. In 2017, the number of “vulnerable” people exposed to heatwaves increased by 157 million, when compared to the average number of people exposed from 1986-2005. The health benefits of phasing out the burning of coal, as well as reductions in deaths from air pollution as transport becomes more electrified (hydrogen fuel cells) over the coming decades.
PRIORITISING THE PLANET, PEOPLE, & SUSTAINABLE PROFITS:
- Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise – a climate change-fueled switch away from fossil fuels means the worldwide economy will fundamentally need to change. (Learn more)
- Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute explained how his landmark “Carbon Majors” project shows the amount of carbon dioxide created by each of the world’s biggest coal, oil, gas and cement companies since the industrial revolution. (Learn more)
- Philippines’ typhoon survivors come forward in an investigation into how major carbon producers are violating human rights due to their role in driving climate change. At an emotional hearing in London, the Philippines Commission on Human Rights heard personal testimonies from Filipinos who had suffered during recent extreme weather disasters. The commission also listened to expert testimony on climate change science, risk and law. The inquiry is investigating whether the actions of 47 large coal, oil, mining and cement firms are breaching the human rights of Filipino citizens, including their rights to life, housing, health, food and self-determination, by extracting large volumes of fossil fuels or through carbon-intensive industrial processes. (Learn more)