In 1964, Bob Dylan wrote:
Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
They certainly “Are a-Changin”. I doubt Dylan was referring to today’s changing times and rising waters, but his words were certainly prescient, and if he were to peruse the latest additions to the free SOP Document Library, library.savingourplanet.net he’d have a greater understanding of why it’s happening.
Enough time has now passed since climate issues have entered into mainstream thinking for us to begin to validate promises “vs” accomplishments, initial projects’ successes “vs” setbacks, and to integrate this information into future plans. All these things appear in the most recent documents added to our library.
Here’s an example. Both the US and Germany have submitted documents describing their mid-century strategy for climate mitigation: the “United States Mid-Century Strategy FOR DEEP DECARBONIZATION”, and the “German Climate Action Plan 2050”. These documents can be found in the library under the Economics category.
Readers of just these two documents may be surprised at what they find, and may well be motivated to search further into the libraries’ resources to understand why the results were not what they might have thought.
Due to recent international events, we should be sceptical of the US document, nevertheless, the lessons and the science won’t be forgotten. Furthermore, this is a powerful reminder that climate mitigation is determined by government policy.
The library is updated regularly and contains references in both English and French.