Last week we have been witnessing the beginning of a new stage of the world, not just on climate change awareness but also on the raise of a common and universal feeling of the need to act on a global basis.
Last decade mark the decadence of globalization, a real loose of credibility & focus transforming this ambitious movement on just a financial-economic union with devastating impact after the crisis. The meaning of “being inserted in a global world” supposes built global values and solid leaders & institutions that could lead the process. However at the moment of facing current multiple crises, financial, economic & migration it has dramatically failed on their mission. This gap is what has allowed national right-wing extremist movements to rise with a political speech based on an extreme defence of national sovereignty.
Even if the results were not as ambitious as it might have been, COP21 could be still considered a success on negotiation & openness of a new stage of the “political map”. As main arguments for those that do not trust on the success of this summit are: 1) the goal of 2 degree C target has not been achieved and 2) the agreement focuses more on consumption of fossil fuels than on its production. Nevertheless these two “negative” points do not change the positive turning point that supposes this call on joint efforts. A historical but not revolutionary agreement is a good description of its results.This overwhelm passion of working together with a strong political will is what marks this turning point on history and it’s in this sense that is revolutionary, because it resurfaces the strengths of a global action.
Indeed the strength and safety that globalization must bring to the world population has been in threat, becoming more a model of political-financial-partial interests than a real service to the international community in order to create a better & resilient future.
Just to call for a summit of this magnitude shows the intention to create a common front against one specific threat: climate change, however we live in a world with several threats that need more and better initiatives of this kind.
COP21 brought a model for a new (or better said renew) approach in which joint action of social actors is the only answer. The exercise of international diplomacy one of the big assets of this summit, shows the certain possibility to get to agreements by a strong leadership and a determinate agenda. Civil society, governments, global leaders, all have become one to face the worst threat of our planet, finally accepting its global role as a difference from other crises.
Why couldn´t we apply this new international political behavior to the rest of the crises? Why United Nations could not take the lead as the logical place on an exercise of its own mission of joint efforts to overcome crises?
COP21 and its final agreement is a confirmation that is possible and tangible to mobilize a whole international community and push for changes. Maybe without reach the desired standard of 2 degree C but is definitely the first step for a future in-depth agenda.
This vindication of global action has been achieved and must be seen as a model to follow suit, putting in action the full performance of leadership & institutions.
These renew impulse of acting globally gives hope that other crises maybe handle in the same way and with the same strength. Over all, this summit has been the triumph of negotiations and the political will to succeed on one joint political action. This new approach is what truly brings light on this overshadowed way to get out of interconnected global crises.
*Sculpture: “Mother nature” by Lorenzo Quinn