During the diplomacy festival, Global Governance students of the second year had the opportunity to attend an event about climate change, in particular regarding the urgent need for a common policy involving climate change in order to avoid a future catastrophe.
It is evident now more than ever before, how intertwined Our environment (climate) and humans are. Climate change is deeply affecting the lives of many and we are not prepared for what is coming. It makes us ponder… How will we face the consequences of our irresponsible behaviour? how can we fix what we have already damaged? and how can we avoid any future catastrophic events? Well, we need to invest in a more sustainable future and in order to do that, we need a common policy for climate change.
The international community is responsible for setting up common aims that can be reached by all as soon as possible. If we want to achieve a goal like overcoming climate change, we should go beyond old feuds that tear countries apart and work as one. As it’s common knowledge that a sustainable future should be a shared vision and a common necessity for each state; as it concerns us all and in the long run will benefit us all too.
China is an example of how the old fight between developing countries and developed countries can be overcome. China aims to be carbon neutral by the end of 2060 and it is willing to do so without asking for reciprocity from other countries (In particular the United States).
According to studies, in the next 40 years the use of coal in China will be reduced by 95 % and the use of oil by 75%. The use of nuclear energy will go up by 40%; also, solar energy will see a 600% percent increase in usages and a similar situation with wind energy which will see a rise in consumption of 350%. This plan is not only politically driven; but, it is based on an economical and technological analysis. According to the evaluation made by Cambridge University, the trajectory of the decarbonisation in China will have a positive effect on GDP and thus, it will lower the market prices of renewable energies. Nevertheless, we cannot take this result for granted. If the conflict between China and the US goes on, the consequence of this feud will reduce the speed of innovation. In addition to that, we need the USA to be an active participant in the fight against climate change; and since 7% of the USA’s GDP comes from the green economy, we may think that the USA will soon follow suit, as it would be more convenient for the state.
The USA and China are perfect examples of how working together is the best solution to figure out how to solve climate change, this is because we need a more competitive cooperation and common approach on substantial matters which are fitting with the society we live in today. We must perceive change as not only an economic issue but also a geopolitical one. Humans cause climate change in so many ways not just by polluting the environment but by being in denial and remaining oblivious to the fact that Climate change is not something that we can simply put aside.
Climate change is often separated from the green economy, social issues and cultural phenomena, and if we continue the way we are and fail to connect with the basis of Climate Change and ignore that everything is linked, we are doomed as a species and we will doom the other species that we co-habot this planet with.
2020 was recorded as the second hottest year since 1880, during this time we experienced 10 years of record breaking climate extremes and we are a few decades away from a summer without an Arctic or antarctic; we cannot take this any further. We are terribly late and are doing too little too late, but there is still a glimmer of hope. Projects such as the ones fostered by Yosef Abramowitz, provide solar energy and cover a significant part of the energetic need in Israel and other states around the world; making us believe that we can still find a way out of it. But before all of that We need coherence, awareness, knowledge and concrete policies that need to be enforced now! Moreover, We need governments to keep their promises and we must take the responsibility of demanding that those promises are kept and applied.
We now have to take care of each other and focus on our future. What are we waiting for?