Climate researcher Latif: "There is always something that seems more important"

Mojib Latif says sentences like: “If the effects become apparent, then you have waited too long” and is referring to climate change. “In the meantime we have our backs to the wall, we can see that things are getting more and more dramatic.”

Now it’s about the basics of life, says the renowned German climate researcher and vents himself in his books. The KURIER has its latest book – Countdown. Our time is running out – what we can still do to counteract the climate catastrophe – read in advance and asked the author for an interview.

COURIER: Mr. Latif, on page 11 you ask the crucial question: Why aren’t we moving from knowledge to action on climate change? The arguments are all on the table.

Mojib Latif: One reason is the abstractness. The atmosphere is brimming with greenhouse gases. We have a CO today2-Salary that has not existed for at least three million years. Actually, all alarm bells should be ringing. But they don’t because we can’t smell, see, taste, touch or hear the gas. If the sky were to turn brown, we would immediately say: “No, that’s not possible!” But the threat is not obvious. – Another point is that short-term problems are always in the foreground. In 2007, Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change received the Nobel Peace Prize. At that time, there was a lot of attention to the climate issue and I thought: “Hey, now the things that need to happen will be addressed politically.” Then came the financial crisis and the climate was unimportant again. After that, attention increased again. But then Corona came. And then the war in Ukraine. There is always something that seems more important than the long-term climate change crisis. But it doesn’t mean it’s gone just because it’s no longer discussed in public.

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