Time to move from advocacy to action: Paris as the COP of decisions
Stéphane Pouffary and Heather Rogers, ENERGIES 2050
|Demonstrators on behalf of typhoon victims in the Philippines ask for concrete action at the COP 20. Photo: ENERGIES 2050|
Many of us hoped that the Lima conference would help to create the right conditions for countries to increase their action on climate pre 2020 and to communicate their contributions for post 2020, in a spirit of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’. However, the outcomes seem to be lacking inspiration and a lot of work remains on the negotiating text for the Paris agreement. But at least it sets some important ground rules for the contributions that are to be communicated by countries in 2015 and an important convergence also emerged for greater recognition of the role of adaptation in the agreement, following repeated calls, particularly from developing countries.
Action on climate change calls for a truly global effort, but should recognise developing countries’ right to development. For this to work, equity and solidarity will be crucial, requiring a new ‘pact’ for a future that is able to bring hope and possibilities. Despite differing national priorities, countries need to be able to converge towards the same low carbon development trajectory, taking into account responsibility (both in terms of greenhouse emissions and support).
Our current development models have shown their limits and their inability to bring answers to the shared issues of climate change and sustainable development. So there is an urgent need to reconsider many economic, technological, political and social assumptions in order to act as quickly as possible to stabilise the climate. Today, more than ever, the challenges we face are much more complex and interrelated than those we have experienced in the past. But with each challenge comes an infinite number of opportunities. Demonstrating this through concrete action is essential in order to give everyone the willingness to act and the certainty that his or her actions will contribute to the implementation of a shared solution. ENERGIES 2050 is putting this into practice, for example through ongoing training programmes on the energy transition, and will be providing capacity building for negotiators from developing countries to aid their preparations for the next COP. ENERGIES 2050 also wants to be a source of inspiration and has therefore founded the following initiatives (among others):
- ethiCarbon® - a global carbon solidarity initiative which combines carbon offset projects with long term solidarity and sustainable development activities;
- The ‘Francophonie’s Initiative for Sustainable Cities’ – co-founded with Institute of la Francophonie for Sustainable Development (a subsidiary body of the International Organisation of la Francophonie - a network of 80 countries), which takes a systematic approach to developing sustainable urban strategies that are consistent and comparable, yet also adaptable to each city’s situation, helping to realise their huge potential;
- Shake Your Earth – an annual worldwide citizen mobilisation, which takes place in many countries, on the same day and on an identical theme, so that any citizen can take ownership of a global issue whilst considering the local implications for their daily life.
The year 2015 will be particularly important in determining the future of our societies, with agreements to be reached both on climate action and on the post-2015 development agenda. ENERGIES 2050 considers that each one of us need to become a visionary leader towards a different and positive future in order to transform our hopes and ideas into transparent realities. ENERGIES 2050 will be part of that change.
Dear Heads of State: the time is no longer to simply advocate or to express your concerns, and sometimes your solidarity, our world is real and this is not a Hollywood movie; so far, your storytelling makes no sense.