The intended gift of clean air and pristine atmosphere through the inception of the Kyoto Protocol was meant to be a measure to protect the environment for not only the present generation, but the future as well. Instead of accepting this gift, humanity has yet again showed its darker side; shredding the ambitious purpose of this document and crucifying its creators as being overzealous, overbearing fools. People must come to terms and understand that environmental catastrophe is the single greatest threat faced by humanity today.
It is time for a new dawn, a new era where, the global community has to undeniably pledge to resolve the problems first incepted decades ago, without want of fear or hesitation. The Bali Action Plan was a good step with regards to achieving a general consensus among the nations of the world, especially with the considered failure of the Kyoto Protocol. In order for a successful post-Kyoto protocol there has to be popular support for the move against climate change and this can only be achieved by developing a new framework which speaks to and appeals to the general public and not infested with loopholes catering to the needs of those in power. But, what are these policy changes?
1.DECLARATION - A unanimous declaration that climate change is a catastrophe caused by humankind. 2.COMMITTEE – A committee should be created for the purposes of monitoring and reporting the progress of all signatory countries with regards to their affirmative pledges made. 3.EMISSIONS TRADING – A forum must be instituted so that emissions credit can be traded on both a national and international level to those who fail to comply with emissions caps. 4.TIE-UP – Instead of creating this protocol as a standalone covenant, it should be integrated into international law in a manner so as to have direct effect on all nations’ ability to trade, finance, transport, medicine, etc. 5.DEVELOPED vs. DEVELOPING – Incentives are needed in order to coarse nations into obliging. These incentives should vary because an incentive offered to developed nations might not look as enticing to a developing nation. 6.INDIVIDUALS –All of humanity contributed to the problem of climate change and not industries alone. All of humankind is needed to rectify the situation 7.SIMPLE LANGUAGE – When looking at what are now recognized as successful treaties; it is those treaties which are short and simple that often proven to be the most effective.
This outline allows for the accomplishment of the basic intent of the Kyoto Protocol as understood in Article 2 of the same convention. It will not severely impact nor cause turbulence in neither the political nor economic arena as the mechanism involved is compensatory in nature. There is very little if any costs involved in the implementation of the proposed architecture as it is very heavily reliant on incentives which are non-monetary in nature. This outline provides a beginning for an equitable, reliable, effective and efficient covenant to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
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