As long as profit is king, climate change is here to stay


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When I first encountered Greta Thunberg’s views on global warming, I thought she was a dumb teenage girl.

However, as time goes by and many leaders make commitments they will never be able to keep, I realize that his “Blah, Blah, Blah” criticism is well justified. His words describe the harsh reality of what will happen if world leaders do not implement changes in the most fundamental ideology that governs everything we do.

The simple reality is that the drastic changes in human lifestyle, which are necessary to prevent global warming, cannot be achieved without a radical shift in ideology. The economy of growth is totally incompatible with the radical reversal of air, land and ocean pollution.

The real tragedy is that for the very first time, we have the tools to do what is necessary, but despite the multiple promises and signatures, we will not do it.

Such a global economy is suicidal in an entirely new technological age which can supply and deliver virtually everything in great abundance.

Growth, when no longer needed, satisfies only the motives for profit, producing a vast excess supply used to concentrate and control wealth in stateless cartels loyal only to shareholders and more powerful than governments.

As long as the motivation for profit is paramount, global warming and the proper sharing of the enormous wealth that technology can create will only be distant seconds.

At this very late hour, economic ideology must be examined and scrutinized. Engage your young mind in the economy, Greta, and give them hell. Otherwise, we’ll have hell on Earth.

Padraic neary

Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

Greta Thunberg is the voice of a generation – listen to her

How can a little and young girl dominate the world leaders? These are the people who guide our paths for the next decades. And yet, at COP26, they spoke loudly but did little. They need to be called out on this – and they were called out by Greta Thunberg.

There is no reason that an individual’s message can’t be the right one, and it seems their message is the right one.

We all need to work to improve the environment before we have a hundred year old event every week, as it seems to happen with the fires and floods that are happening in so many places. If I hear of a locust invasion, I’m going to panic.

Maybe it’s time for the world’s rulers to listen to just one of you ng voice.

Young people are the ones who will live in the world these leaders are leaving behind.

Keep up the good work, Greta.

Dennis fitzgerald

Melbourne, Australia

Solutions Must Be Considered To End Cork Flood Problems

Frequent flooding is a considerable nuisance for people living and working near the docks in Cork City.

It could perhaps be reduced by connecting wharf areas with pipelines capable of channeling this flood water down into large underground tunnels for water storage until the flood has passed.

Water collected in such underground tunnels could be used later during drier periods when water is scarce. A similar type of system, I believe, is being seriously explored right now in Los Angeles.

Any energy collected from surface water flowing underground could potentially be used to bring up the same flood water at no additional cost, to be stored for practical uses.

Sean O’Brien

Kilrush, County Clare

UK outlook remains bleak with Tories at the helm

John Major is right in what he says – the current UK government is the most corrupt.

The Conservative government is still the bad party, still mired in sleazy, mismanagement and cover-ups.

The Covid-19 pandemic has vividly shown its blatant disregard for human rights, democratic values ​​and justice.

Thousands of people have died in a country that prides itself on having one of the best public health systems in the world.

It is vital that Johnson et al do not further marginalize those who are already languishing in precarious conditions.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, United Kingdom

Cyclists turning right should get off their bikes

As traffic volumes increase in Dublin, perhaps cyclists, when turning right at busy intersections, would stop, get off and cross instead with their bikes?

Just to be on the safe side.

Pat O’Connell

Dublin 8

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