This month the world’s attention was on Bonn. Here, global leaders continued efforts to deal with a rapidly changing political climate calling into question the legitimacy of the Paris Accord.
To weather these stormy times, the onus of responsibility is shifting. No longer is the future of the world to be in the hands of the political collective – the so-called global community – but rather smaller players within those collectives.
One of the more dramatic moments of the Bonn conference came as American lobbyists talked up the merits of coal. As they promoted use of fossil fuels, protestors and other attendees jeered. These protests were led by a group of concerned American scientists and businesspeople who view the Trump administration’s pull out of Paris heading in the wrong direction. Although not a national political representative, this vocal group has made headlines as the true representative of the majority of Americans when it comes to climate change. Senator Ben Cardin summed this up perfectly in saying “…I want to make it clear: the Federal Government is not just the president of the United States.”
For its part, China is working tirelessly at home to shore up its commitments to the Paris Accord. As we’ve talked about at length, leadership of global sustainability is now squarely in China’s lap. This month we continue to see ways China is solidifying this position.
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