The rest of the world has come along farther and faster on the subject of climate change than the United States, it appears. US nitpickers and politickers stand out from doubters of almost all others on earth in questioning the existence, sources, and assailability of climate change. However — polls confirm the majority of Americans seeing clear and present danger in the phenomenon, as do most other citizens of the world.
We’re on the cusp of Monday’s two-week all-nations meeting on what people can do to approach a changing world climate. As well as highly skilled diplomatic representatives of every nation, well more than half of earth’s heads of state will open the conference. This unprecedented opening signals the crucial nature of the outcome.
Thomas Schueneman of Triple Pundit and GlobalWarmingisReal.com sees the event at root as a convergence of the issues of climate and prosperity. He’s right: if we blow it, we’ll have a dim future in both areas. From the meeting, emerging and initially developing countries want the strongest assurances possible that the cash needed to green their economies — promised at Copenhagen in 2009 by the world’s industrial and developed societies — will arrive during the next 15 years, and ahead to the half-century and 2100. If it does not, say scientists, the human race as we know it now will not survive.
The results of the summit, says the leading climate journalist Ed King in his publication Climate Home, will depend on how completely governments can balance two outstanding issues: finance and fairness. To these generalizations I would add a caveat. The impact of the United Nations meeting will reflect the fluidity of our situation in mid-December 2015. It may not seem clear to us at all. But in the end it will be the best we can to do to carve out the future given current circumstances.
It’s also a vital starting point from which to anchor further efforts toward universal tasks. Giving universal focus, it will guide us to make hope, not war, the next step, and the one after.
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