When, on Monday morning in Peru, 4,000 diplomats from the world’s 196 countries start their mammoth session to negotiate a new legally-binding global climate deal, they will know they are in the last chance saloon. COP 20 in Lima is the last full meeting before Paris in a year’s time, when the deal is due to be signed. If countries cannot bury most of their differences on the major issues by Friday week, then the chances of a meaningful agreement next year are slim.
The result of failure would be that developing countries are condemned to unchecked climate change for another generation, and the UN process which relies on consensus to get results is fatally undermined.
Whether climate change continues unchecked or not depends upon what we 7 billion human beings do. And changing what we 7 billion humans beings do is rather more dificult than enacting some “legally binding” treaty full of vaporous emissions and hot air.
This is the statist delusion in full flight. If we just pass a law then everything will happen. Works so well when we try to ban drugs or shagging for money, doesn’t it? And why would anyone think that it will work with people trying to keep warm on a winter night?