Climate Change Solutions In Developing Nations Require Diplomacy Not
Dogma

Climate Change Solutions In Developing Nations Require Diplomacy Not Dogma



Given the​ recent spate of​ advertising by Britain’s leading supplier of​ gas,​ one might be forgiven for believing that gas was a​ ‘green’ product. Make no mistake,​ gas is​ a​ fossil fuel. Its burning flame is​ blue –apparently so it​ can be recognized when it’s turned on. it​ emits black carbon into the​ atmosphere which contributes to​ global warming and thus,​ the​ climate change that’s constantly in​ the​ news these days.

But such is​ the​ rush to​ jump on​ the​ ‘green bandwagon’ that developed nations run the​ risk of​ believing that what they are doing is​ enough to​ solve the​ problem in​ the​ west. This is​ whilst emerging industrialists in​ developing nations continue to​ pollute at​ an​ alarming rate.

Although historically,​ the​ truth is​ that the​ west has been responsible for creating most of​ the​ pollution,​ risking devastating consequences for the​ whole of​ the​ world; only new developing countries are beginning to​ follow suit. Some believe that unless we over-promote the​ actions we are taking to​ reduce emissions,​ others will simply fail to​ do enough in​ order to​ have the​ desired effect.

Others prefer to​ be totally open and up-front with its customers. Yes,​ there is​ concrete evidence that continuing to​ use fossil fuels in​ the​ way we have done is​ not a​ long-term option. However,​ standards of​ supply conditions don’t change overnight,​ and for the​ foreseeable future,​ we will be dependent on​ fossil fuels to​ power businesses and households. in​ order to​ minimize the​ effects of​ such a​ reality,​ it​ will be necessary to​ cut down on​ wastage and become far more energy efficient.

This is​ the​ number one message that must be passed onto developing nations for the​ world to​ avoid witnessing a​ repetition of​ past events. it​ would unfair to​ attempt to​ deny the​ developing world the​ opportunities that the​ west takes for granted just because it​ simply got there first and has exhausted the​ ability of​ the​ ozone layer to​ absorb anymore C02.

For example,​ millions of​ Indian commuters are ecstatic about the​ prospect of​ being able to​ drive the​ simplest of​ cars which will shortly become available at​ an​ affordable price from multinational giant,​ Tata. These are expected to​ provide additional safety and comfort for the​ millions who have until now depended on​ the​ basic moped to​ travel to​ work and carry their children in​ roads often flooded by the​ heavy monsoon rains.

With hope of​ preserving the​ ozone layer whilst enabling such a​ developing nation to​ show its potential; it​ is​ therefore much better to​ advise them on​ how to​ use these new vehicles most economically to​ avoid wastage and promote the​ conservation of​ fuel; an​ initiative that has just recently been announced in​ the​ UK with regard to​ our own vehicle use.

Given the​ reputation of​ the​ US as​ the​ world’s heaviest polluter – who still have no qualms about promoting coal as​ its number one source of​ fuel. it​ is​ essential for such a​ dominant force to​ tread carefully in​ persuading these developing nations that they too must do their bit to​ help save the​ planet.

A recent climate conference held in​ Berlin highlighted some of​ these problems being encountered between developed and developing nations. During the​ conference,​ German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel emphasized the​ need to​ accelerate the​ marketing and spread of​ climate-friendly technologies and that the​ UN Climate conference in​ Bali this December as​ would provide an​ ideal forum for talks on​ a​ new climate agreement post-2012 when the​ Kyoto arrangement expires.

Other than the​ difficult task of​ finding common ground of​ over 200 nations involved,​ Gabriel proposes the​ agreement includes ‘a long-term goal,​ ambitious and obligatory commitments from the​ industrialized world and fair contributions from the​ larger developing nations’. However,​ Gro Harlem Brundtland,​ the​ UN special envoy on​ climate change highlights the​ growing tension: ‘deep-rooted lack of​ trust between the​ industrialized and developing countries’ this is​ where the​ western belief is​ there is​ little motivation and action from developing countries,​ whilst industrialized nations have ‘defaulted on​ the​ promise of​ financial and technology assistance’.

But some believe that German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have thrown them a​ lifeline by suggesting that a​ per-capita emissions quota be considered when it​ comes to​ fair burden sharing between developed and developing countries in​ the​ future. if​ this approach was universally adopted,​ it​ could allow representatives of​ the​ industrialized world to​ finally realise that getting agreements from developing nations on​ climate change will require far more of​ the​ same diplomacy?




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