Mother Nature is confused. Birds in the Northern Hemisphere haven’t yet started their migration, and I see flocks of birds gathering everywhere, as well as green grass and flowers in the city parks, for the weather remains warm with temperatures around 14-16 Celsius.
While the Chinese were suffocating in smog at unprecedented levels, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference was happening in Paris. The odds were not high. Watching the gathering of world leaders made me think of a quote by Fred Alllen that says:
A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.
- All countries must participate.
However, countries committed only to communicate and maintain national plans
- Rich should help the poor meet the decarbonisation targets.
But the provision of finance is an aspiration not a commitment.
- Keep global temperatures rises below 2C and to pursue efforts to keep them below 1.5C.
No limits were imposed on emissions from aviation to shipping. No mechanisms to set global carbon price. No sanctions will exist. Their intentions are already insufficient to deliver the 2C goal, let alone 1.5C!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a pessimist nor a doomsday prophet, and I’m happy that eventually they reached a common view, even including China. This is the beginning of a journey, which nevertheless has a rough path ahead and would have been better served with a more precise ‘travel plan’ and resources.
I for one agree with Martin Wolf, Financial Times columnist, who asked: “Is the Paris agreement a breakthrough in the struggle to limit the risks of climate change, as weary negotiators claim? Or is just another way station on the road to calamity, as critics insist. At this stage is neither. It is far more than the world could have reasonably expected a year or two ago. But is also far less than the world needs.
The question is whether humanity has the will or even the time to finish a journey that it has started so late.
— Martin Wolf
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