UN climate talks vital but not the only way

From Qatar: COP18 UN Climate Change Conference 2012

Despite the frustration felt in the UN climate process such talks are still vital. Countries have to sit together and find consensus on climate change because it is a problem that doesn’t recognise country borders. It is still important for industrialised nations to take responsibility on climate change and for developing countries to clearly say that they have not created the problem but are feeling the effects. That being said, the UN process is not the only way. The process is frustrating as more and more of the population understand the impacts and causes of climate change, while at the same time the political will to act declines. There are, however, signs of hope – Germany is one example. If someone had told me a few years ago that Germany would be able to increase their share of renewable energy from 3-25% and create 380,000 jobs in just 10 years he would have thought they were crazy. We see now that such a trajectory is indeed reality, as policies have enabled households in the country to generate their own power.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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