COP21 AGREEMENT: IT IS GOOD THAT IT IS FLAWED.

It is good that it is flawed.

That sums the essence of why the Paris climate accord is an achievement – after 23 years of bickering, dissents, disagreements, debates on terms like ‘carbon budget, climate justice, differentiation between developed and developing countries, carbon credit, transparency, accountability, historical emissions, emission targets’ and so on – the world has, at least, agreed to a common paper to map the further roadmap.

The world, with all its participating countries in such events, that include almost the whole planet – right from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro – has, so far, consistently failed to reach at this elusive common draft that the 195 participating countries could reach at in Paris.

Why they had failed so far?

Because there were very few global polluters and the most were the silent victims.

Because the victim lot was rightly demanding to be compensated for the legacy of historical loss (historical emission) they had been burdened with.

Because the polluters were not ready for it in unequivocal, transparent terms.

Because, over the years, the polluters, too, in turn, had become victims of their continued exploitation of nature.

Because, developing clean technologies to keep fossil fuels away was too costly and a privilege of the rich nations.

Because, the developing block of the countries was putting forward the logic that why they should pay for the deeds of the rich, industrialized world at the cost of impeding their growth that was going to be heavily dependent on energy supplied by fossil fuels.

Even if both blocks were now equivalent in facing the wrath of nature – global warming, glaciers melting, rising sea levels, irregular rainfall patterns and floods, recurring drought spells and other unpredictable weather parameters and so on.

Because, if the low lying coastal areas and cities have to submerge (rising sea levels with increasing temperature due to global warming), it will be across the world and not just in America, Europe, China or other industrialized nations.

Because, if the world is increasingly facing erratic weather behaviour and freakish weather patterns and problems thereof, it is not just in India, but it is across the world – in Gulf countries, in America, in Europe, in Asia, in Africa and elsewhere.

The global agreement (Framework Convention on Climate Change – Adoption of the Paris Agreement) that the world reached at in Paris cannot be a perfect document because it has tried to take in concerns of as much groups as possible – and it is good for this reason.

An agreement that accommodates concerns of 195 nations or so, divided in multiple blocks, is bound to have some ‘flaws or imperfections’ for every block on the go – and the world leaders have accepted it while lauding the development. Here, everyone has something to question for, but everyone is attached to this ‘legally binding agreement’ by a common goal for a larger good that affects everyone.

The world community has honestly accepted it – after an honest effort this time with a ‘do or die’ proposition – after 23 years of the Earth Summit – giving us the first document that will be legally binding on every nation – and that is the best thing about COP21 or Paris Climate Summit.

We need to rush to save out habitations and our habitats and this ‘flawed agreement’ reached at in Paris may well be that elusive perfect beginning that we all need.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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