Paris agreement, its achievements and what was left undone

International Climate Conference in Paris (COP21) is over and people like me who have been following enthusiastically every single step of the negotiations can breathe a short sigh of relief, getting back to our daily lives. Not too deep one and just for a minute though – neither us, nor the leaders can sit back and relax now. To the contrary, the biggest journey to fight the climate change is on the way, but yes, a good start has been made and this is really applausible. Even though I am sure you have seen a lot of reports and articles reflecting on those special 2 weeks in Paris, I have some thoughts too share with you too. You might have seen festive rallies and optimistic articles, so now why don‘t us take a look of what our global community has achieved and has yet to achieve.

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Good news first. The best treaty that could have befallen us?

“Not a perfect deal, but the best deal”, as the chair of the Least Developed Countries bloc Giza Gaspar-Martins commented on what 2 weeks of intense discussions have brought. And I cannot agree with him more. After reading this article you might feel somewhat low spirited though, unless you were aware of COP21‘s limited possibilities to alter the course of development which is going not in the Earth‘s favour. However, probably the best that could happen in climate change policy, happened in Paris on December 12, 2015. So is there anything that it has changed drammatically?

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11 strategies for our own daily cop21s

Paris, where the quest for a sustainable future continues

On 30th of November, 2015, leaders of 150 countries of the world will gather to discuss an issue of climate change. Needless to say, it is going to be challenging to fight a common strategy, but it is widely accepted that no option B is possible in the negotiations – all these different countries will have to find a political will to sign a binding agreement on how they are going to tackle this global issue – every single of them – so that the temperature will not rise above the agreed 2°C[1] threshold, which is otherwise going to happen in some 50 years, hadn’t we turned the flow the other way and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. What can we, common people, do or does everything depend only on our governments’ decisions? In fact, pompous as it might seem, I would like to empower us with the understanding that we can be a driving force in a greener future! All we need is some commitment, consciousness and, in my opinion, the realization of the following 11 strategies. 11 strategies for our own daily cop21s!

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My multi-purpose pilgrimage in Nagasaki

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Just a few days ago Nagasaki commemorated 70 years anniversary of its tragedy. In 1945 August 9 Nagasaki was quite accidentally chosen as an object for atomic bombing as the battles between Imperial Japan and the United States did not cease. Needless to say, consequences were horrible and tragic past scars still haunts this city even now.

Just this very summer, in the middle of July, I was walking down the streets of this splendid city, a city with a unique history. Walking down a city full of hills and slopes with a temperature rising to 32°C, I felt thankful that the “tourism spots” were not located up the hill, even though I did enjoy this quite unusual scenery.

Where I walked and had a rest

Relics from the old Cathedral stationed in the yard of Urakami.

Relics from the old Cathedral stationed in the yard of Urakami.

I stayed in Nagasaki for only 1 full day, so I had decided to make most of my trip. Read More…