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COP26, COP Forever?

Credits (photography) | © 2021 - Piccini da Todi GS (all rights reserved). COP26 (illustration).

Unanimously or not, you don't have to be a true genious to understand the failure of this conference, or even the gradual decrease in the confidence regarding COPs. The irritating but necessary nonetheless Greta Nettle (Thunberg), meant it. It will indeed be outside of these mediatic green masses, that the ecological transition's work will continue.

Bad omen, again!

China had only sent one of its representatives. Russia and Brazil scorned it. India announces at the last minute, like its Chinese neighbor, that it intends to responsibly reduce its use of coal, but under no circumstances to get out. Ironically, pollution took care of reminding them of its deadly existence. During the conference, the two countries indeed had to take less and less exceptional measures, unfortunately, in order not to expose the students more. Schools in Bombay have been closed for a week, as if the toxic haze will be confined to school grounds.

A headlong rush

COP26 is decidedly the COP of established failure, which many had sensed over the years. We are very far from the commitments of the Paris Agreement of 2015, and the battle of the numbers on the acceptable threshold or not of the temperature increase, ends up poisoning us... a little more. Pollution is very numerous, some less obvious to define than others but just as harmful.

It is no more and no less than questioning the legitimacy of these summit meetings. The COPs are nothing more than discredited assemblies, vectors of contradictory messages. The COP effect no longer works. Worse, they risk leading to a growing relativization of the fight against global warming, by allowing the biggest polluters to shamelessly downplay the environmental problem, or outright ridicule it. Finally, rugby is a much more widespread sport than one might think, widely practiced in industrial societies. All in all or in a cluster, everyone passes the hot potato to each other. Still, nothing is really moving forward. The scuffles, however bitter, this hesitation that we all feel, this despair, instead of making us tremble, paralyzes us. However, solutions exist and emerge no matter what. Can we then hope? In fact, it would only take a luminous intensification of consciousness, a radiation known to all, to finally initiate the great ecological, social and humanist revolution that the planet is calling for. In short, we are not alone, we who think now is the right time. Imagine, a craving for symbiotic intelligence that would finally be sated for hundreds of millions, billions of people, in one move. Connect all these efforts already made, continue to spin the multitude of initiatives here and there in a string of stars, like a constellation that would indicate the way forward, without ever slowing it down. What a magnificent dream!

But will this irrepressible, irreversible revolution only come from below? Without the backbone, the backbone of the State and its sovereign prerogatives, the chances of winning in the face of indifferent behavior, the most involved multinationals or certain nations which can only conceive of the future in a logic of commercial conquest and of permanent intensive production, all these chances for change will unfortunately remain very slim. Yet it is a national and transnational, concerted, decisive and radical impetus that we badly need today, not tomorrow. No one denies that the decision-making it presupposes, such as banning cars in town centers (one example among thousands of others), would bring us abruptly into the swamp of the complexity of the immediate operation, and therefore of the survival. This infernal Mikado is decidedly very subtle, delicate ... However, will we continue to drink good words, laudable intentions and Coué method, to give us the illusion of progress in the fight against global warming? Global warming is indeed here. The consequences are indeed there. Its pace is exponential, regularly reassessed upwards. We are running out of time.

The Gordian knot

COP26 is decidedly the COP of established failure, which many had sensed over the years. We are very far from the commitments of the Paris Agreement of 2015, and the battle of the numbers on the acceptable threshold or not of the temperature increase, ends up poisoning us... a little more. Pollution is very numerous, some less obvious to define than others but just as harmful.

It is no more and no less than questioning the legitimacy of these summit meetings. The COPs are nothing more than discredited assemblies, vectors of contradictory messages. The COP effect no longer works. Worse, they risk leading to a growing relativization of the fight against global warming, by allowing the biggest polluters to shamelessly downplay the environmental problem, or outright ridicule it. Finally, rugby is a much more widespread sport than one might think, widely practiced in industrial societies. All in all or in a cluster, everyone passes the hot potato to each other. Still, nothing is really moving forward. The scuffles, however bitter, this hesitation that we all feel, this despair, instead of making us tremble, paralyzes us. However, solutions exist and emerge no matter what. Can we then hope? In fact, it would only take a luminous intensification of consciousness, a radiation known to all, to finally initiate the great ecological, social and humanist revolution that the planet is calling for. In short, we are not alone, we who think now is the right time. Imagine, a craving for symbiotic intelligence that would finally be sated for hundreds of millions, billions of people, in one move. Connect all these efforts already made, continue to spin the multitude of initiatives here and there in a string of stars, like a constellation that would indicate the way forward, without ever slowing it down. What a magnificent dream!

But will this irrepressible, irreversible revolution only come from below? Without the backbone, the backbone of the State and its sovereign prerogatives, the chances of winning in the face of indifferent behavior, the most involved multinationals or certain nations which can only conceive of the future in a logic of commercial conquest and of permanent intensive production, all these chances for change will unfortunately remain very slim. Yet it is a national and transnational, concerted, decisive and radical impetus that we badly need today, not tomorrow. No one denies that the decision-making it presupposes, such as banning cars in town centers (one example among thousands of others), would bring us abruptly into the swamp of the complexity of the immediate operation, and therefore of the survival. This infernal Mikado is decidedly very subtle, delicate ... However, will we continue to drink good words, laudable intentions and Coué method, to give us the illusion of progress in the fight against global warming? Global warming is indeed here. The consequences are indeed there. Its pace is exponential, regularly reassessed upwards. We are running out of time.

The encouraging and concrete example of Bhutan

We are all waiting for concrete models, showing us that the transition is very possible. There is one. The Kingdom of Bhutan is nestled in the Himalayan range and its rich biodiversity is one of the most marked on the planet. Bhutan is the first country to achieve a negative carbon emissions record. It is its jealously preserved forests that largely absorb CO2. In 2008, this small kingdom enshrined in its constitution the obligation to maintain compulsory forestry at 60% (forests currently cover the country at 72%). In 1999, he made plastic and its use illegal. Unlike Costa Rica, another nation cited as an example in the fight against global warming, GMOs and pesticides are banned there. When it comes to the protection of human rights and democracy, however, there is a lot to be said. However, the point is that when a nation decides to institutionalize protection of its environment, results abound.

So how do you get out of this vicious circle, how do you initiate new impulses as powerful and unifying as on a night of a football championship? You just have to tell the truth and it has to be done at the highest levels of government. A strong and solemn speech, announcing the irreparable change to which everyone will have to submit, until the transition is completed and rooted as deeply as possible in the minds of the governed. The health crisis has been managed as one manages a future war. The ecological fight is indeed a war ... against ourselves. The decisions will not be popular, but they will be ad hoc.

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