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Is it really wise to entrust the management of such a serious challenge as the global warming at climate conferences (COP)?
“We need to drastically reduce emissions now and that’s a question this COP hasn’t answered,” She said the general secretary of United Nations Antonio Guterres. Bothersome. Because it is precisely for this reason that the famous COPs are organized year after year. On the 27thAnd The edition, held in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), however went into extra time: one of the longest conferences in history after more than two weeks of debate. But, upon arrival, he has not fulfilled his mission.
Like the UN, the European Union has made no secret of its disappointment: “What we have here is too short a step forward for the inhabitants of the planet. It does not foresee enough additional efforts by major emitters to scale up and accelerate their emission reductions,” concluded European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Once again the climate will be patient. Even if the will is renewed to keep warming at 1.5 degrees compared to the pre-industrial era (Paris Agreement of 2015). Only on paper. Because in fact the current commitments of the signatory countries of the agreement do not allow this objective to be achieved, nor that of limiting the increase in temperature to +2 degrees. That would be more than +2.4 degrees, at best, if not up to +2.8 degrees by the end of the century.
For comparison, just over 1 degree now compared to the pre-industrial era: we accumulate natural disasters, droughts, heat waves, megafires, floods, etc. We lived a testimony of summer 2022. One version soft of what will happen in 2030, in 2040… or tomorrow. Finally, what are these COPs for if they remain hermetic to reality? “We spend our time trying to find something that satisfies everyone […] At COP it takes a lot of discussions to arrive at a text that is often, unfortunately, a declaration of intent “. pretty much sums it up Jean-Marc Jancovici, president of the Shift Project. In particular because decisions are taken unanimously.
In short, a COP is the moment in which we philosophize about global warming, we discuss ways to always pollute but a little less, an appointment where we don’t force anyone to do anything. Where is it definitely no actor actually acts. At the same time, the French must separate the garbage cans, drive on electricity, not abuse the air conditioning, keep the heating at 19 degrees, wear turtlenecks. And all the better you’ll tell me. There is no doubt, but this France, even sober, weighs little in this ocean of excesses in which a certain number of countries bathe, you will recognize them.
No one really believes in these COPs anymore. Greta Thunberg, Sweden’s young high priestess of ecology, also didn’t make the trip. I tell you, these conferences age badly. Fortunately, an agreement was reached during this event: a specific fund dedicated to the poorest countries, the main victims of global warming. In other words, rich countries will continue to pollute, but will compensate financially for the damage they cause and will always cause to the poorest. Pollute, yes, provided you pay.
Another COP and we are no further. ” Green wash “, is generally launched at the multinationals that behave in this way. Like Coca-Cola, in particular, sponsor of this COP 27. A really ridiculous show. Organize a climate conference in Dubai and the circle will close… COP 28 for example?