The climate change conference started in Paris this Monday and it was high time some confessions were made. Thus, Barack Obama said that climate change is America’s fault, too. It’s partly America’s mistake, but a mistake that cannot be ignored given the implications it has on the entire world. After admitting this truth, the President of the United States asked all world leaders to join him in the pursuit of fixing all that has been made wrong.
But we all know that the first step towards fixing a problem is admitting that there is one. What about what we have to do next? Obama did not come unprepared and he declared that “the United States not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it”. And Obama’s speech included many smaller issues and observations or solutions which could bring benefits to everyone on the globe.
One could see Obama’s passion about the subject, not only because of his speech, but also because he was interrupted over and over again for having exceeded the time that was given to him. What is important, however, is that he was stopped whenever he had a crucial detail to add, such as admitting of what great importance this meeting was because leaders from all around the world understand that this is no longer a problem they could run away from.
But reaching a common ground is not as easy as everyone expects it to be. There is a threat: a coalition with India as its leader, who embraces the idea that they are not responsible for the damage dealt upon the world and that they should not sacrifice their economic growth for the sake of fixing others’ problems. While one could perceive their approach as selfish, it is also understandable. However, it is hard to understand how India, for instance, did not contribute to pollution, this climate change.
America seems like it is willing to give a hand to any nation in need of transitioning to a more environmental-friendly economy and money will be given to them in order to do so. But Obama said that, in exchange for this act, all helped countries will not treat this issue as another “let’s do it later” one. The change that must occur must occur now.
Obama said that climate change is America’s fault, as well as others’, but if help is offered to others so that we can get past this turning point and they refuse, the blood is on their hands.
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