A pulse to the planet

Are we prepared to face the big threats? The issue is not trivial, two of the greatest risks facing the planet are going to focus the meetings of world leaders in the coming days. In the middle of this week, in Rome, the G-20 countries must correct the fiascor the lack of covid vaccines in half the world and on Saturday, in the Scottish city of Glasgow, the summit begins to prevent warming from leading to irreversible consequences for the planet. On the horizon, nothing is more urgent than to start controlling these two crises, and yet the margin for nothing to advance is not less.

It depends on the summit in Italy that the desperate pace, for which more than half the planet is waiting for the vaccine, accelerates. It is not easy, vaccines cannot be produced for all inhabitants each year, and while here we are already reaching figures of up to 80% coverage, in the lowest-income countries where more than half of the world’s population is concentrated, to date, only doses have arrived to cover less than 5% of its population.

The commitments are not enough, they are slow and with the idea of ​​generalizing the third dose to the population in our countries, -without evidence yet of the real benefit-, the risk of continuing to support a large part of the world without a single puncture it affects our security.

Menacing and crouching

The possible mutations will come from there and the pandemic will be able to continue its journey, always threatening and lurking to generate more virulent waves here.

The G20 leaders in Rome must not confuse solidarity with pragmatism and have vision to face something that we all already know, that we do not stop a pandemic in one country until we control it in all.

At the other summit, that of COP-26 in the city of Glasgow, the challenge is even greater: it is necessary to stop global warming in order not to reach a consequence scenario.s unpredictable and irreversible.

The problem is that, although there is no longer anyone who denies the perverse effects of exceeding the temperature of the pre-industrial era by 1.5 °, not everyone feels the same urgency, nor does everyone bet for a shared commitment.

As if that were not enough, the British Government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in charge of leading this summit that should be the great staging of UK diplomacy after Brexit, has transferred the chaos that is sensed in the country to external relations. Neither China nor Russia, two of the four countries that pollute the most in the world, will attend with their top leaders.

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The leaks of the movements to stop a real commitment do not end there, the intentions of other countries such as Japan, Australia or Saudi Arabia reveal pressures enormous to formulate a minor text, which avoids a solid agreement and lowers the expectations of the International Panel on Climate Change, which requires forceful and accelerated action at all political levels.

With such a conscientious society for change, it would be a failure for people’s health and that of the planet to follow the impulses of those who want to give it a pulse.


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