The 2010 UN Climate change conference starts today in Tianjin China. Last years summit in Copenhagen was for all practical purposes a failure, for it did not reach a consensus on how to work together to reduce the human impact on global climate.
45,000 people traveled from around the world convinced of the need for new global agreement on climate change. After a week of talk and more talk, every one left with nothing concrete decided.Environmental groups hoping for something substantial were left wanting and wondering what went wrong.
Last year it was estimated that between 2009 and 2020, global emissions are likely to rise by 10-20%, and the chances of temperatures rising by 3C by 2100 are greater than 50%.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this implies a range of serious impacts for the world, including
- significant falls in crop yields across most of the world
- damage to most coral reefs
- likely disruption to water supplies for hundreds of millions of people.
This year’s meeting again aims for the following:
- Industrialized nations’ commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, including further emission reductions after 2012, when the current period ends.
- Preparation of a draft negotiating text for the Cancun summit. (Focusing on what is achievable in Cancun and muster political compromises that will deliver what needs to be done)
Ratifying the Kyoto protocol would mean reduction of emissions substantially by the developed nations, developing nations will not step up and take charge unless the developed nations lead the way in action not talk.
We are the ones who contribute to climate change and it is up to us to make sure we take the steps to make a positive impact. The Climate change conference is a coming together of the leaders of all nations large and small to sit down and discuss ways we can as one world start healing what we created. The onus falls on the developed nations to take the first step and show by example that a change in ways is possible.
I quote Mahatma Gandhi “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” One can not say for sure what will be the out come of this summit either, yet we hope like always that one day the people of the world will come together and make amends for what they have done to the earth. Hoping it will happen sooner than later. Change is a must and it will have to happen.
You can follow the UN Climate change Conference in Tianjin HERE
BBC Article about the conference HERE
Reuters Article – Climate talks put top emitter China in hot seat