Staking Climate Resolution — From Rome (G20) to Glasgow (COP26)
Still, Youth 4 Climate in Milan 2021, stole my attention until this thought is poured. Not because I almost selected for this period occasion. It’s about the youth discourse on climate driving ambition. Of course, it’s easy to identify climate activist on every corner of Milan during the event. They flooded the city. Each young people have an opportunity to propose ideas for addressing climate change through this pre-convention of parties (COP) event.
On one of speech session, Greta Thunberg (Swedish activist), has excoriated global leaders over their promises to address the climate emergency, dismissing them as blah, blah, blah. “Build back better. Blah, blah, blah. Green economy. Blah blah blah. Net zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah. This is all we hear from our so-called leaders. Words that sound great but so far have not led to action. Our hopes and ambitions drown in their empty promises,” she said. Frankly speaking, in some points, I choose to stand against her (exactly on issues approach). However, the grass-root movement still becomes an effective way to raise the public awareness.
In the inimitable words of Greta, global leaders need to move beyond blah, blah, blah. They must will the means to decarbonization. Because, the strong reason will reveal on 2050. Greta will turn to 47, so do we, for witnessing the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement target, whether it is achieved or not. And world leaders today may not be there. According to several current report, it seems we still far away from net zero emission track. Kelly Levin, Chief of science, data and systems change at the Bezos Earth Fund, concurs. He found the strong projection that the world needs to ramp up renewables six times faster, phase out coal power five times faster, transition to electric vehicles 22 times faster and increase the use of low carbon fuels eight times faster.
We need more ambitious target or people will dying caused by climate crisis. Technically, we have a chance for striving the target in incoming important weeks. On October 30–31, prior to Glasgow, the Group of Twenty (G20) developed and emerging economies meet in Rome. They are expected to state what their individual climate contribution will be, to be fleshed out more at COP 26. I think, The G20 is a key to a successful and promising COP. It’s because the G20 represents 73% of total world GHG emissions. China is on the top with 24 percent, followed by US is on 12 percent, the European Union 7 percent, India and Indonesia for 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively. A unified intent for stringent emissions reduction could affect other nations to act likewise. I am picturing the heads of government explain their national climate plan, or Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) with ambitious initiative.
In fact, we always have an opportunity for attaining climate resolution with impactful initiative. However, it apparently will be disoriented when meet the diplomacy desk. Staking the climate resolution on Rome, Glasgow and the upcoming notable weeks. Whatever the outcome is, it should ensure that today’s youth will enjoy a safe and secure adult life in 2050.