|‘Green’ is not a dirty word|
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 10:39
COP15 meeting created the most disputable online discussion about the climate change policies of 2009.
90 bloggers from 40 countries, including all 27 EU member states, India, China, Brazil and the USA got to the bottom of the global warming issues on the European Journalism Centre's thinkaboutit.eu platform.
COP15 did not succeed, but those professionals and activists from all over the globe achieved an appreciable act of social responsibility and citizens` journalism. They were not divided into European, Developed and Developing. The reason: the common goal. The situation in Europe is not that different than that on the other continents, commented the bloggers team on the initiative`s opening. They also centered on the lobbying as a key part of the greener committed Europe.
Members and not-members of the EU have never seemed that united before. The global warming problems have deeper roots into the lives of the Europeans, who sadly share the opinion that Europe must become more open and cooperative since we all stay in front of one and the same destructive event.
“I'm sick of the incinerators, the cement plants, the industries, the nuclear waste, the destruction of biodiversity, the depletion of the soil, I'm sick of Monsanto, Coca Cola, Dupont, and all the sick criminals that run them. I'm sick of this false moralists, of the meaningless superstitions, religions, pseudoscience, and ignorance that permeates our subculture. But most of all, I'm sick of all the people that don't see these things, all the idiots that play this this death game of monopoly, they don't give a shit about the billions of people starving to death, of those who drink filthy water and die of diarrhoea, of those who vomit blood since the day they were born because of the pollution of their rivers and their soil, of which we are responsible,” wrote the 24-year activist and filmmaker Federico Pistono from Italy and promised to move out from his country. The situation in Italy is not a single occasion representation of a young European. Federico`s thoughts appeared to be the sign that the young members of the EU community can speak loud about their common problems despite of their standards` differences.
The journalist Muusa Kostilainen from Finland understands what the challenges in front of the EU are. Nevertheless, she shares:”Sometimes I feel that for example the EU should pay more attention on the differences between member countries, because sometimes it’s trying to make all the countries the same and it’s just not possible, or maybe it is but not immediately. In some things we are the same but in some things there are a lot differences from one country to another. So maybe it’s not always a good idea to make the same legislation to all the countries. In some fields though, this is going to be more and more necessary, though it is surely not easy. It is more difficult in some areas to adapt a system that works in another place, for example if we compare the scarcely populated areas to crowded areas. This makes things complicated and challenging. Nevertheless, we should be working together to save the planet and make it a better place.”
The reactions were and are still bipolar. The topics went over the idea of the consistency of the climate change, the lawmaking, through the EU policies and agreements, the business benchmarks, to the technologies implemented excellently in countries like Denmark, which hosted in Copenhagen`s Bella Center firstly the team of Th!nkers and then the top world leaders for one and the same topic – preventing the further increasment of the CO2 emissions.
“Why? Who`s the one to blame? NGOs not persistant enough or government which don`t want to hear about none of this?,” came just appropriate the questions of the student Mariya Vasileva from Bulgaria. Does the blame makes as all equally guilty even if there aren`t enough evidences for what is happening and what is not is one of the questions, which many Bulgarians ask in the social networks and blogs.
Standards mean differences and economical barriers could not eliminate the personal favor of a current country to stay behind its own interests like Bulgaria, who made a symbolic gesture by handing only 20, 000 euro to the cause of stopping the climate change. The EU has agreed to help the developing world in its fight with 7,2 bln. euro from 2010 till 2012, though the real amount of the sums from the members is extremely different: from 0 euro from Greece to the biggest sum of 4 mlrd. euro from the UK, France and Germany. The policy enlargement, however, is strongly bounded with the mechanisms of cooperation, which spokes for a level of better understanding between the members, with or without financial balance. Green world organizations cooperate. So do the political parties too if they want. Everything else snaps to the side of politicizm.
The reportage from the debate in Belgium "Copenhagen: Will the EU be a Climate Change Leader?" of the 23-yeard-old AEGEE Network Director, Anita Kalmane, explains what are the consequences of law-making decisions in ratio to financial state of the different countries: “There is also a different number of money each part of Europe needs for climate changes as countries in Latin America are demanding bigger amount of money than, for example, European Union member countries because of being in a different development stage. Without the necessary amount of money it will not be also possible to get all countries cooperating and working together.”
On 28 January 2009, the European Commission released a position paper, "Towards a comprehensive climate agreement in Copenhagen." The document "addresses three key challenges: targets and actions; financing (of "low-carbon development and adaptation"); and building an effective global carbon market". The UN Secretary-General said in a BBC radio interview on November 1 that without the full support and co-operation of religious leaders, it will be very difficult to create a political climate conducive in agreeing a balanced, harmonious and equitable and binding agreement and had partly right. As a proof of the community thoughts importance came the comment of the Danish Patent Assistant Benno Hansen about the recent Summary of World Results: "91% of the citizens participating in WWViews find it URGENT to make a global climate deal at COP15." Later Benno added “Something is rotten in the state of COP15. And it keeps rotting!” and predicted that the “3rd World War is the Climate Change War”. Maybe because while some think about Green, other think in green.
However, the young English filmmaker Lara Smallman gives a simple explanation about the setback by quoting the journalist George Dvorsky, who easily put in light the 5 points of failure:”1) Nation-states are far too self-serving. 2) Democracies are too ill-equipped and irresolute to deal with pending crises. 3) Isolationist and avaricious China. 4) The powerful corporatist megastructure. 5) The weak consensus on the reason for global warming.”
“Will COP 15 change anything?,” was the general question of the Indian writer Hemant Anant Jain, which he asked 3 months before the summit becoming the voice of the global society. “And how will my “after COP15” look like? Pretty much the same as “before COP15”,” the answer came unfortunately expected from the Slovakian student Radovana Jágriková.
According to the fact, the EU reached some breaking point in 2008 by announcing that it would cut its CO2 emissions by 20% on 1990 levels, moving to 30% if other developed countries offered similar commitments.
The high-level outcome of COP15 is agreed by most countries. Some of them refuse to accept this decision. In the official documents, it says that the COP15 "took note" of the Copenhagen Accord, giving some freedom for the countries to follow it or not.
As the PhD student Vihar Georgiev from Bulgaria wrote this is not the overall end: “The informal meeting of the EU heads of state and government on 11 February will also address climate change. The President of the European Council wants “to translate the EU's ambitious climate change goals in global negotiating power”. Maybe EU will find its answers after all?
The positive vision stays. “The best part about COP was that it brought together people from so many walks and countries. There were youth from 105 countries,” wrote Abhishek Nayak, who were part of the Indian Youth Delegation to the leaders` meeting. Because the world is what the today`s generation is and nothing less. European Union soul is a system, which aims to help and coordinate the societies` issues. It grows up as the communities understand and accept better each other, just like on the initiative of the EJC.
The exit of the situation is there, according to Vihar: “Copenhagen showed us one thing – the world is not ready for a consensus on climate change yet. It will unfortunately remain in this limbo for quite a while. We should go back to our constituencies and explain all the odds of climate change. This is the only healthy foundation for a global agreement.” Non-members and non-Europeans became part in the benchmark test of the European Union vision thanks to the Thinkers community, because the people there didn`t perceived themselves as everyone for himself. They knew and acted as part of something much greater than themselves.
The European Union solves problems. But this happens only when the European citizens are active and really ready for the change. As opinions of key young representatives not only from EU, but from the whole world have showed, the enlargement depends on the communal sense in front of a global issue. EU members maybe could do more. But for sure, only if they are ready for a green cooperation.