At the end of 2014, I wrote an article called “The politics admit climate change, but their policies reveal the opposite?”, where I towards an analysis about the lack of political will in the concrete actions about climate change. We are in a new -and expected- year, and with it, the hope to focus the efforts to achieve a new international and binding climate agreement, allowing an approach of the necessary strategies in adaptation, mitigation and finance.
With a lot of concern, who dedicate ourselves to climate change, we see with special interest how the political will is rendered at the foot of economic or ideological interests, much of them with individualistic and misunderstood views.
Attend a COP, is a physical and emotional test for anyone. I think is better to take a Valium prior to entering the venue and listen the “discussions” that engender. I would like for once, to hear a politician of one the polluting countries say that “my problem is climate change and I’m here to focus my strategies on it“, and be consistent with it, acting in mitigation and adaptation.
For example, Obama has made some significant progress on climate action in the United States, but with a Republican and “opposite” court into these actions, is very difficult go further. One of the most influential Republicans, Jim Inhofe (who is chair of the Environmental Senate), received funding from BP oil company, for his campaign (according The Guardian). So?. Certainly, this is not new, but how much longer we can hold these discrepancies?.
Naomi Klein, a journalist, writer and author of several important books about climate change, written in her last publication “This changes everything”, that the time is short to act against climate change and said that “the greatest to tackling climate change, are the politicians”.
To achieve a future with low carbon development, investment must be made in meaningful climate policies, ensuring that it’s effectivity. We can’t just think in a global international agreement, but we need to look with depth, in all national and local actions and at this point, the climate governance is the key. Good governance can facilitate this process, making it more transparent, accessible and equitable.
Saying this, I’m reminded read an article a couple of weeks, where the Chilean government conducted a domestic survey on climate change, running a mapping behavior and social needs around one of the most important challenges ago the history.
This has a highest importance, not only for Chile, but also for other Latin American countries. The climate governance should be involved in social and cultural participatory models that promote the involvement of communities at all levels of the consultative process.
Climate change must function as a catalyst for action to forge a more responsible national and local government. As I wrote in the article with which I start this note, “as citizens become more aware of climate risks and governments are faced with the need to meet new commitments to reduce emissions and support adaptation in communities, participatory process is complemented between politics and society”.
Is OUR climate, but is YOUR decision…