“Who Should Pay the Bill?”
Published 25th October 2010 - 6 comments - 844 views -
I was reading a paper from the European Alternatives about the failure of Copenhagen and the necessity of European strategies for climate justice and alternative developmental models. It brings a discussion around the lack of commitment from the rich countries and their responsibility for the consequences of human impacts on the Planet.
The author, Lorenzo Fioramonti, says: “The associated paradox is that the adverse effects of climate change will be most felt by countries that have not benefited from the intense exploitation of natural resources...”. It is full of truth. Industrialized countries have experimented their development without concerns about impact or consequences. It means, for this young Brazilian boy, they must pay more due to their long way impacts.
Early this year, during the conference “The Great Transformation - Greening the Economy”, in Germany, I got chocked when I witnessed that committed discussion about changing our economy into a green way. That feeling, however, was gone when I realized the context and the people involved on the event. The Alliance '90/The Greens has more than 10% of seats in the Bundestag, the Germany Parliament. It might be one of the few differences between its Brazilian version, the Partido Verde. What I am trying to say is: just like in Brazil, Germany and other European nations have those who want and collaborate for a global economic change through an alternative development model, and there are those who are not that interested. It would explain the lack of commitment of Europe countries in the COP15 agreement.
Once again, it is an obligation to think about the COP16 and what will be necessary to achieve such fair agreement. Will we have an ambitious and legally binding treaty? When? Which actos will be involved? I will write something about some essential points on that discussion.
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