Kelly Rigg: It’s time to cut through the Gordian knot of international climate negotiations

Jul 17, 2012 by steve

Kelly Rigg, Executive Director of TckTckTck.org

Watching the climate negotiations in Bonn last week, I had an unsettling sense of déjà vu. Large conference room, familiar faces, and the same basic conundrums that derailed Copenhagen, complicated Cancun, and got papered over in Durban. Let’s face it, the climate negotiations have become a Gordian knot awaiting the reincarnation of Alexander the Great to cut them free.

The post-Bonn news roundup couldn’t have been more depressing: “Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment”concluded the Guardian. “Climate talks stall with nations ‘wasting time’” reported the BBC. And headline writers had a field day with disaster metaphors: “Climate talks risk sinking ‘like Titanic’” (Reuters) and “Governments fiddle while planet heats up” (WWF).

Michael Liebreich, founder & CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, summed it up with a single tweet: “The fight for an unambitious #climate deal by 2015, effective 2020, which won’t be ratified or implemented.”

It’s hard to argue with these gloomy assessments, but they should not be used as an excuse for giving up the fight. At the end of the day, we still need a fair, ambitious and binding climate agreement for the seven reasons I outlined here.

Read More: The Huffington Post >>

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Kelly Rigg, Executive Director of TckTckTck.org

Watching the climate negotiations in Bonn last week, I had an unsettling sense of déjà vu. Large conference room, familiar faces, and the same basic conundrums that derailed Copenhagen, complicated Cancun, and got papered over in Durban. Let’s face it, the climate negotiations have become a Gordian knot awaiting the reincarnation of Alexander the Great to cut them free.

The post-Bonn news roundup couldn’t have been more depressing: “Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment”concluded the Guardian. “Climate talks stall with nations ‘wasting time’” reported the BBC. And headline writers had a field day with disaster metaphors: “Climate talks risk sinking ‘like Titanic’” (Reuters) and “Governments fiddle while planet heats up” (WWF).

Michael Liebreich, founder & CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, summed it up with a single tweet: “The fight for an unambitious #climate deal by 2015, effective 2020, which won’t be ratified or implemented.”

It’s hard to argue with these gloomy assessments, but they should not be used as an excuse for giving up the fight. At the end of the day, we still need a fair, ambitious and binding climate agreement for the seven reasons I outlined here.

Read More: The Huffington Post >>