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COP21: the world after Paris. After the agreement signed by more than 190 countries last December in the French capital, what should we expect? Leaving aside utopian hopes but also avoiding a destructive skepticism devoid of a sense of reality and dictated only by disappointments suffered in the past, we can answer this question by keeping quiet. And reading the excellent e-book "The world after Paris. The climate agreement seen from Italy: prospects, problems and opportunities "(Edizioni Ambiente, 4.99 euros).
Emanuele Bompan and Sergio Ferraris, the authors, far from thinking they have infused science, with great capacity for selection and spirit of initiative never tainted by wanting to impose an opinion, have collected essays on the Paris agreement, written by politicians, militants and scholars, exponents of social organizations and parties. Each in its own way answers the question: COP21: the world after Paris , how will it change? If it changes, because there are also those who have doubts about this.
Those who see the agreement as a downward compromise, those who are convinced that a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower, in the Ville Lumière in December 2015 the first step towards a world revolution has been taken. Presented during the recently concluded Turin International Book Fair, in the Fima area, the e-book created an opportunity for authors to tell their own vision of COP21: the world after Paris.
According to Bompan "we must recognize that it was a historic turning point, however you think about it": it is not every day that more than 190 countries sign, as happened in Paris "an agreement that sanctions the end of an economy based on consumption of fossil fuels. And they recognized that emissions must decrease to stop the global warming process ”.
Words, someone may say, but then what? COP21: the world after Paris? Bompiani explained that if the agreement is ratified, "the whole industrial system will have to change radically". The most skeptical, or prudent if you prefer, will observe that each signatory country has retained the possibility of independently choosing the strategies to be implemented to reduce emissions: to date there is no pre-established plan to be compulsorily followed. But couldn't it possibly be better? Bompan insinuates doubt, reminding us that “stricter international agreements, such as the Kyoto Protocol, so far they have not achieved the desired objectives ”.
Having said that, it also gives us a task, because "in this process of adaptation and continuous negotiation, civil society will have a fundamental role to force governments not to back down. Especially if he is ready to sanction them when they don't do enough ”.
Civil society, including us, how much we know, how much we are interested in COP21: the world after Paris? And above all how can we be more and more aware and aware of the problem? One wonders if we must also have that fundamental role of "watchdogs" towards governments. Hence the problem of communication must also be addressed.
Who has the courage to contradict Bompan when he says that, currently, "Climate is considered an unsexy theme, for insiders, buffer ". We are not idle, however, and after the e-book Bompan is well-intentioned, possibly not alone, to continue to "create a story that can involve everyone, from the mountain guide to the housewife, explaining that the 'rising temperatures it will have a shocking impact on our daily life ”.
Also Marco Fratoddi spoke on the topic of "environmental communication" how General Secretary of FIMA, remembering that, not only for COP21: the world after Paris, but also and above all, given the topicality of the urgency of the problem, "it is also up to us to ensure that the opportunity of the Paris agreement is fully grasped by overcoming the specialist narrative and trying to build a mainstream around these issues. It is the litmus test for this generation of environmentalists and also of environmental journalists ".
Marco Fratoddi and Emanuele Bompan at the Turin Book Fair to present "The World after Paris"
There is no talk of sparing criticism and observations from the ruling class who perhaps hoped to leave the meeting on tiptoe without any "homework" on the subject: COP21: the world after Paris.
In the publication of Ambiente editions, as among the Italian and world population, there are those who think that the ruling classes do not perceive the drama of the problem, or do not want to do so. Without taking responsibility for them, Bompan, in addition to pointing the finger at the most distracted at the top, also points the finger at the positive signals on the same aspect of the problem that COP21: the world after Paris sheds light.
The first leads us to China: "after years of indifference, it has decided to act both because it now has intolerable levels of pollution, and because it has understood that green technologies are an economic opportunity". The second, from China to the CIA: the former director said that climate change is the challenge of the century, recalling that "in the short term we risk having to welcome 100 million environmental refugees". We cannot forget India's role in COP21: the world after Paris: this country "will soon join China as a major polluter - reminds us Bompan - and has decided to sign the Paris agreement despite being led by a always close to the world of coal producers ”.
By dint of thinking about the "world" of the title "COP21: the world after Paris”, We can forget to look at what happens in our home, caught in debates of another kind. As if not wanting to see that it is us, the undersigned, who are left behind, at least from a political point of view. In the meantime, after a long period of slowdown, in the last year our emissions have started to grow again "The executive made wrong political choices, such as the retroactive cut of incentives "says Bompan, who with elegant but realistic frankness explains:" I don't think this was due to a conscious choice, but to the fact that Matteo Renzi did not put this issue at the top of his political agenda ".
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