Global Action

Environmental change was always a concept too far off for any diplomat to think was an impending issue especially in the midst of economic fluctuations and war-torn chaos. For the first time, political leaders are realizing that global warming might be something they experience in their lifetime. Controlling the climate is an international issue that has been delegated on a domestic basis. Not even country-to-country, but politician-to-politician due to the rising fears of reelections. Temperatures are rising internationally not domestically.

The UN’s annual climate conference in Copenhagen 2008 ultimately failed in creating global international change. At this conference, nations could dictate their level of commitment to environmental change. This resulted in multiple nations such as the US showing complete apathy towards measurable change. International change will not take place unless it is forced up on them. It is understandable that nations that set their own rules, end up following through however, priorities need to be set on climate change. There is overall extremely low overall commitment to international climate change. If the economy continues to trump the environment as a priority, there won’t be an economy to upkeep for very much longer.

Though nations such as the US are extremely hesitant to collective and multilateral action, this is one instance where the international community needs to pressure US, Chinese, and Indian retaliation. The most ideal situation would be for emission experts to dictate how much each nation would need to lower their carbon dioxide emissions for a livable atmosphere and have each nation negotiate around that figure. However, this is likely to result in change, as many politicians of countries such as China and India are more concerned about the economic implications of these treaties.


One thought on “Global Action”

  1. Good afternoon,

    I agree with the fact that climate change is an international phenomenon, not a domestic problem. I think that you make a great point saying that temperatures are rising internationally and not domestically because not many people see it that way. People believe that if they recycle and do things well, they would not be affected by this problem. However, they are forgetting that it is a global issue, what one person does in the United States will affect a person in Burma, etc. because everyone lives in the same planet even if it sometimes doesn’t feel this way. I think that one of the problems today is the compliance of countries working towards lowering their levels of misconduct (damaging the planet with their companies, etc). Moreover, I believe that one of the most outlined problems is the act that sates are lying about the numbers they are actually producing. I agree with what you describe it to be the most ideal situation: emission experts dictating how much each nations should lower their CO2 for a better environment. It is a collective action, but that is precisely the problem that states do not know how to solve. Governments are starting to see the implications of having a bad environment, since it affects their economy and eventually will deter other countries from engaging in future relations as a result of careless behavior towards the environment.


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