countries will need to change the way they manufacture goods, raise crops and livestock and generate energy
We can’t. Not unless the developed countries remove the cost burden on installation and maintenance of “green” technologies. Their complaint is that developing these technologies has taken time and money. Money which they have to recoup for further development. In that case, we should continue as we best can.
The developed countries can’t hold the developing countries hostage to climate change. We have an equal right to progress and prosperity. Let the developed nations show commitment first to reversing the damage they have done.
Update, May 15, 2012 : And the pressure is on. The EU is trying to make developing countries equally accountable for climate change prevention despite the fact that it the developed nations who have caused the most damage.
Indian negotiators pointed out that EU’s demand would leave the question of existing commitments by the rich world on finance and technology transfer as well as emission reduction in limbo, forcing the world to dump the idea of equity and move to a new regime that would apportion greater and costly responsibilities on the bigger developing economies.
Emphasis mine. Just two demands:
- Climate change liability must take into account the population and quality of life in that country. There has to be equality in the per head emissions reduction target. This target must not slow the desired improvement in quality of life.
- Developed countries should start technology transfer for ecologically sustainable green technologies; without profiteering.
- Lord Stern: developing countries must make deeper emissions cuts (guardian.co.uk)
- Doha climate change deal clears way for ‘damage aid’ to poor nations (environmentalresearchweb.org)