Climate change disasters: Will capitalist economic models reverse course?

ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU,  Sunday 12:23, 18 July 2021

There are increasing signs that man-made Climate Change will be the biggest crisis that the world will face in the future. Nature and science both warn us against this danger that awaits humanity. But although states seem to have agreed to take action, progress has been slow. Each country's response to the crisis is different, since the fight against climate change is set change the dynamics of the current economic system.

Global warming  was mainly caused by profit-oriented capitalist U.S. and Western European industries. From the second half of the 20th century, other countries of the world followed in their footsteps. Deforestation accounts for a significant percentage of global greenhouse gases. Global rivals US and China are also responsible for most of the global gas emissions. Now the problem is everyone's. Of course, global warming disproportionately impacts poorer countries as wealthy economies have more tools in their tool-shed in the fight against the crisis.

It was predicted that the climate change disaster would mostly consist of floods and landslides. Humanity comes face to face with the disasters of tearing down forests or playing with the dynamics of nature. It is also a fact that the destruction of forests breeds new types of diseases through chain reactions. One of these cases is the spread of tick species, which can be lethal. A tick species that originated in the eastern United States has now begun to spread far and wide. There has been a steady increase in tick-borne disease cases in the United States over the past three decades. According to data, about half a million people in the United States are living with Lyme disease, which is caused by ticks each year. There are also studies showing that a mouse species, which is a source for dangerous viruses that will jump to humans moves has been showing up in regions other than its native U.S. The fragmentation of forests increases the contact between wildlife and human life. It is believed that this Covid strain was directly linked to this phenomenon.

Of course, the dangers arising from climate change are not only limited to diseases. Floods also affect migration movements in countries by the sea-level. It is obvious that migration movements will gain an international dimension and trigger other crises. 

Certain regions of some countries face the threat of extinction in the future. More than a hundred people lost their lives in the floods that hit the western states of Germany, more than a thousand people are currently unaccounted for. German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze pointed out that the floods are the bellwethers of climate change. 

Many scientists argue that the floods in Germany are linked to climate change. The floods that hit New York and London are also being evaluated as such. In other words, the financial centers of the world are no longer safe.

Since global warming is largely man-made, the way out of the crisis is possible by reversing actions made by us. Floods in Turkey’s Rize are also the result of human actions. The climate change crisis is subject to an accumulation process like earthquakes. The density of the buildup impacts the results. There is no quick fix to stop the crisis. The sooner the world takes action, the better. Of course, individuals as well as states should be extremely conscious of global warming.

The most formidable opponent of the struggle against global warming is the capitalist economy model. The current industrial order and regulations on climate change run counter to each other. There are serious discussions about moving from a profit-oriented economy model to a social-oriented one. Meanwhile, the fight also faces fierce resistance from the fossil fuel industry. The lobbies working on the fossil fuel industry were influential in Donald Trump's withdrawing of the U.S. from the "Paris Climate Agreement". Additionally, the poorer countries of the world are taking the same path towards industrialization. This means that a different way must be devised in order for societies to live better. What way will this be? If the right answers to this question cannot be found, the most devastating crisis of the future will affect all of humanity. The real question is: Will we continue to march head-first towards disaster through our own actions, or will we seek ways to reverse course with new ideas?

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