Not sure why I’m going. The climate talks are happening, but I don’t suppose I’ll be able to get into any of the events. I’m not planning on standing outside demonstrating either, and I think demonstrations are banned here anyway.
The people inside know there are people who care about climate change. They also know there are plenty who aren’t really that bothered, particularly in the rich countries. How much will the deal that emerges (and there has to be some sort of deal this time, doesn’t there?) affect the electoral prospects of governing parties in the UK, or France, or Germany, or the US? How many people would say “I’m never voting Tory again, not after the terribly weak deal that came out of COP21”?
Governments who sign up to a deal that doesn’t appear to be in their countries’ best interests, if it looks like they’ve caved in and given too much away, that’s going to make them look weak which could cost them support. In the US many Republicans have probably already written their speeches denouncing the deal, attacking the Obama Administration for signing up to a deal that’ll cripple American industry and cost Americans their jobs whilst giving China a free pass to take over the world. But then many people in the poorer countries will feel the rich countries are being let off the hook, that they’re not being made to pay anywhere near the full costs of the damage they’ve done and are continuing to do.
I wonder if Paris has been dominating the headlines in Paris, or anywhere else in the world. I mean the climate talks rather than the terrorist attacks and their aftermath. You wouldn’t think the future of human civilization was at stake, and I suppose most people, in Britain at least, don’t.