The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) will be held in Paris from 30th November to December 11th 2015. According to its official website “COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.”
In this context, Minister for Foreign Affairs Breneir Itravilatx has proposed a Sense of the Ziu on Sustainable Development. This resolution of the Ziu would express its support for negotiations that will lead to a binding international agreement for prompt global action on climate change and for sustainable development, and would encourage all Talossans to reflect on what personal contribution they could make in taking action and raising awareness of the issue. At the time of writing Senators Eðo Grischun of Vuode and Lüc da Schir of Benito have been added as co-sponsors.
Sir C. M. Siervicül MC (RUMP) stated that he did “not see much point in making Talossa take sides in macronational political controversies. It can only serve to divide us unnecessarily.” RUMP party leader Sir Alexandeu Davinescu MC, who while clarifying that he was an ardent environmentalist and did not object in principle to the sentiments of the resolution, stated that given the potential controversy “we have enough differences in politics… let’s not import more unless it’s for a good reason!”
In response to these concerns, Senator Lüc da Schir remarked that he found that treating the existence of climate change as controversial was “disturbing “. Senator Eðo Grischun claimed that “the level of threat posed by climate change and appropriate policy responses are only controversial political issues with rednecks and the tin foil hat brigade”. Françal Ian Lux MC (FDA) stated that, while acknowledging the risk of generating needless controversy, the resolution was “a sign of gesture, no matter how quiet it may be, that we, like most nations in the world, recognize the detrimental effects of climate change to our planet”.
Responding to the discussion, S:reu Itravilatx stated that “the purpose of the resolution is not to identify and then disparage those who disagree with the causes of and solutions to climate change. I am hopeful that the Ziu will pass this resolution as a call to action for Talossans on this issue and as a contribution and encouragement, however small, to the efforts in Paris and New York.”