The new Climate Change Adaptation Plan: the green way out of the crisis

The world are stopped in 2020. Every country face a big problem for Covid-19 Pandemic condition. COVID-19 is responsible for climate change in future. 

 

Covid-19 Pandemic

 

To describe human history, population growth, and food surpluses, environmental writer Daniel Quinn dedicated a chapter of his novel The Story of B to the metaphor of the frog in the pot:  a frog jumping into a boiling pot will try to get out at full speed. A frog that jumps into a pot that heats up little by little will end up cooked.

The year 2019, the second warmest year in the world and the warmest in Europe, was the sixth warmest in Spain since 1965. The increase in temperature per decade in our country has been 0.3 since the 1960s. Eight of the ten warmest years have occurred so far this century and five of the six with the highest temperatures have been recorded in the last decade.

The year 2019, the second warmest year in the world and the warmest in Europe, was the sixth warmest in Spain since 1965. The increase in temperature per decade in our country has been 0.3 since the 1960s. Eight of the ten warmest years have occurred so far this century and five of the six with the highest temperatures have been recorded in the last decade.

Rising temperatures carry significant risks for key sectors of our economy that are closely dependent on the climate, but also for many other areas essential to our well-being such as human health, biodiversity or housing.

A post-pandemic greenagenda

There is no single future until it happens, and any effort to envision the future after the pandemic must include a range of possible futures. Not all scenarios are negative. The most optimistic is that of a green international agenda.

 

The EU and many companies are reorganizing to deal with these issues. Even before COVID-19, an international agenda could be envisaged for 2030 defined by the focus that countries put on green issues. By highlighting the links between human and planetary health, the pandemic accelerates the implementation of this agenda.

Paraphrasing Einstein, we cannot get out of a situation with the same logic that favored it. Our way of producing, consuming and living is what has contributed to transforming natural processes into catastrophes. The coronavirus and climate change have given us reason to undertake ambitious and urgent changes. We have reached the tipping point to initiate change.

Emissions keep growing

After spending 389 days at sea, the German icebreaker Paternoster, on which the largest scientific expedition to the Arctic in history was sailing, has been able to verify that global warming is progressing without apparent brake. The ice sheet is half as thick as just 40 years ago, and the Arctic winter is 10 degrees warmer than 125 years ago.

Reductions in carbon emissions at the peak of confinement measures by the coronavirus, the stage that a group of scientists have called anthropomorphous, reached up to 17%.

 

According to the United in Science scientific report, promoted by the United Nations, everything indicates that the five-year period 2016-2020 will be the warmest in recorded history, a trend that will continue in the coming years.

Year after year, NASAreports reiterate that there is more than a 95% probability that human activities, translated into the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), especially reflected in the increase in CO, are the cause of the increase. of global warming of the planet.

The Climate ChangeAdaptation Plan

On September 22, the Council of Ministers of Spain approved the National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PNACC) 2021-2030, a fundamental tool towards green reconstruction. Its main objective is to build a country that is less vulnerable, safer and more resilient to the impacts and risks of climate change, capable of anticipating, responding and adapting to a changing climate context.

The green recovery is the great opportunity for the EU to lead the necessary global change. There is purpose, shown in the Green Deal. There is vision, as can be seen in the roadmaps for 2050.

There are also Community resources, which are doubled in the Multilingual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-27 and in the exceptional funds of 750 billion euros from the Next Generation EU (NGEU, the new temporary instrument for post-pandemic recovery measures). Both will contribute to fighting against the effects of the COVID-19crisis and to developing the European ecological transition policies contained in the new and more ambitious European Adaptation Strategy.

30% of total MFP and NGEU expenditures will go to climate-related projects. However, according to the new community regulation, it is very important to ensure that investments are as green as possible and environmentally sustainable to avoid greenwashing, that is, that sustainability becomes a green condiment for any sauce.

The way out of the crisis is green

In the funds approved by the EU Member States there is a fundamental element that those who claim where is mine seem to forget: they are not funds to plug holes or to continue doing the usual thing. The administration of EU funds is not a question of coffee for everyone. This time there is a conditionality that has a horizontal green axis, sustainability, and another, digitization, to give a decisive boost to innovation and education.

The backgrounds paint green and they will not be able to be painted green as many claim. We are all interested in this being the case: our future is at stake. The exit is a green leap, the green leapfrogging, to escape before it is too late from that pot in which we are cooking like the frog in the fable.

This crisis has been a shock to the world. We cannot return to pre-pandemic normality, or continue to be installed in short-terrorism. The way out of this crisis is green. Ecology does not have to be seen as an obstacle, but must be at the center of the new economy.

The reconstruction charged with the future of the PNACC includes responses that we should have taken urgently before the challenge of climate change and that now become urgent with the worsening of global warming and its accumulation with the pandemic.

The plan should be an end point for the pre-pandemic socioeconomic model. It is probably our last chance to take that step that we should have already taken even if there had been neither climate change nor pandemic.

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