PEP has released PEP Talk #2 – Climate Catastrophe Avoided, which highlights the worldwide success in responding to the ozone hole crisis of the 1980’s. In 1987, 43 nations (ultimately more than 200) signed onto the Montreal Protocol phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called it “perhaps the single most successful international agreement.” In recent years, Scientists have confirmed that we have reversed the Earth’s course – the ozone hole should close by 2050.
Image from NASA/Goddard (24 Sept 2006)
What we can we learn from this incredible success? That the single biggest factor in bringing about changes in industrial practices and government regulations is public opinion. Public fear and concern drove the process on the Montreal Protocol, and it can drive the process on climate change. So if you want to change the world, get informed, get involved, and make some noise!
This PEP Talk can be viewed on YouTube: Climate Catastrophe Averted!
You can also subscribe to the PEP Talks YouTube Channel: PEP Talks – Enjoy Some Peace Today.