The Inability of past governments to get to grips with climate change has been with us for over two decades. Their insular, nationalistic approach to the global crisis prevented the UN from implementing an overarching solution for the world.

Unless you have been hibernating, you will have heard and read of global warming and climate change many times. Maybe you have been so carried away by what is happening in your life that you have paid scant attention to them. That makes you, and many people in high places, who should have been looking at them, part of the problem.

With so much happening around the world – severe droughts, floods, rapidly melting ice caps, etc – how can people still deny there is climate change? What cave have they been living in? It is not that there is climate change, but how fast it is happening, and how long we have to adjust to it before it reaches a tipping point that puts humankind in mortal danger.

Worldwide, we are experiencing changing weather patterns, and, again, interference from the very people who are meant to serve and protect us.

In the United States, we saw the defeat of the EPA initiative to cut carbon emissions. Hailed as an historic decision by President Obama in 2014, the initiative was watered down in the face of fierce opposition from big business, and never saw implementation until 2020. India and China took heart from the US business stance and continued to pollute as before. The US had evidently set the standard that others continue to follow willingly.

In places as far apart as Sydney and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the incidences of extreme weather have increased every year since 2015. The devastating hurricanes that hit the New Jersey coastal areas in 2018 and 2025 caused record deaths of 7,857 and 5,121 respectively. Flooding destroyed much of the business district in London in 2023, which remains a no-go area in the city. Low-lying areas around the Bay of Bengal were devastated in 2026, with the highest death rates since the 1970 storm surges in Bangladesh which killed over 300,000 people.

Sea ice continues to decline at an increasing rate. In the Arctic, polar bear population is at an all-time low of 8600, with the bears now almost exclusively hunting for food on land. Incidents of bear attacks have unsurprisingly risen as man and bear are now in closer proximity; last year, 260 people died in Alaska alone. The polar bear looks like the next species to disappear, as the rhino did in 2025, despite all the attempts to protect it from poachers.

Europe has also not escaped the extreme weather, but here we have some good news of where a progressive government has taken on board innovations in floodwater management. In 2014, we were already reporting the use of floating homes to cope with flooding in low-lying areas of the Netherlands. With an average of 10,000 conversions a year to floating homes, we have seen families cope with the realities of climate change.

As the world’s population growth remains unchecked, with large migrations of people displaced from their homes by floods or droughts, we have too many people chasing too few resources. Land continues to be reclaimed by the rising seas and once-arable land has been sucked dry by drought in many parts of the world. Food prices are at an all-time high, and the gap between the rich and poor has grown ever wider. What is now called a “Climate Autumn” is an accident waiting to happen anywhere, and has been characterised by civil unrest and loss of life, very much like the earlier “Arab Springs”.

While the world burns, floods, cracks and creaks, our politicians stand transfixed, like rabbits in headlights.

We are charging unchecked to Armageddon, to a tragedy humankind will never recover from. It is nothing short of vicarious genocide.

As a result of this, we have seen the decline of many large companies which rode on the coat-tails of denialists. These companies continued to pollute right to the end of their existence, protected by legislation they paid for through campaign contributions to like-minded politicians. Such dinosaurs like the oil and coal producers have been hard hit. Their irresponsible emissions of greenhouse gases have pushed the limit of pollutants in the atmosphere to record levels, despite the overwhelming scientific proof of their contribution to global warming.

The planet has seen one humanitarian disaster after another, rampant inflation and unemployment, millions of stateless people, and health issues that no country can cope with.

With the inconsistent and inadequate response to climate change what will it take for world governments to change their stance? Or will we reach a tipping point in 2050, now just 15 years away?

My advice to you is to enjoy what we have left.