On October 5, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C. The headline was that the worst predicted effects of climate change are already beginning to happen and that globally, we have 12 years to achieve “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities.
Today marks World Energy Day, held annually since 2012 to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and rational use of energy and to promote the sustainability of energy. Sustainability must allow people to maintain and improve their quality of life whilst reducing their impact on the environment. Historically, as people’s quality of life improves, their impact on the environment increases. The average household in a country with very high human development will emit 30 times more harmful emissions than the average household in a country with low human development. Farmers, producers and others globally must be allowed access to the benefits of technology.