Combating climate change has been an issue for quite some time now, but many of us are on different pages regarding the seriousness of this issue. Some people choose to ignore because they don’t think it will affect them, while some are trying to address climate change as quickly as they can. From the readings that I’ve read, it’s clear that all three of the authors feel that combating climate change is something that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. It is also apparent that these authors all agree that there needs to be solutions to problems of international cooperation. However, here’s the catch. Every country view benefits of the climate change differently that not all of them are willing to cooperate at the same rate or on the same level. Every country is different in what they think they need at this time and the benefits or troubles that might come with addressing climate change. In the US, we are actively trying to combat climate change- especially the younger generation. This is because we know that it will affect us! However, the older generation might not feel that climate change is a very big concern to them because they will not live long enough to see the changes made through combating climate change rapidly.
Additionally, although there must be push for climate change on an international level, I feel that it is more important to combat this in a domestic level first. I feel that on an international scale, some of the smaller states who do not have such a big problem with climate change yet seem like they are not very relevant to combating climate change. This might be because they don’t think their use of CO2 emission will make a difference in the long term. It might also be because their CO2 emission doesn’t compare to the amount of CO2 emission from China or India. This is why every country must find their individual losses and gains by combating climate change on a domestic scale first. Then, they can decide to join other countries on an international level to agree on a decision regarding addressing climate change.
Of course, major emitters like India and China will need to have pressure on them to make changes immediately regarding cutting back on their CO2 emissions. Maybe attaching a price to carbon will help. However, if this is enforced to other small countries that don’t need this type of regulation on them yet, they will just choose to opt out and not care about the climate change at all. This is why it is important to have each country, small or big, figure out their costs and benefits regarding taking immediate action on climate change. Combating climate change must be done. However, there are steps and different stages to ultimately achieve this.