By REG RENAGI
So much for all the media hype about the big deal we have to have to save our planet. The recent UN climate summit in
Next year, PNG leaders (yes, the same politicians) will again talk up a storm to convince its still illiterate 6 million people about how great our new REDD paper will be for the Mexico meet. In
PNG must seriously analyze what
This failed conference should tell PNG a lot about the world political order today. The global human race club has two types of membership. They form within two sub-clubs: the rich and poor men’s clubs. But in reality the fate of the world is exclusively in the hands of the rich man’s club (G20 group). They think they should always call the shots because they have the financial resources, high technology, well organized government and affluent society, etc. A member of the poor man’s club like PNG and other small poor nations, unfortunately have no real say at all (or do we?). Maybe one day.
However, if there was ever any deal of some kind, then one can say it was between the US and China, India, South Africa, and Brazil which established a kind of a negotiating bloc. The four developing nations asked for and got the following: no compulsory limits on carbon emissions, no emissions reduction unless Western nations pay for them, no international monitoring of emission reductions if not paid for by the West and lastly, not to use global warming as an excuse to impose protectionist policy of trade restrictions on those who do not reduce carbon emissions.
What can PNG learn from this? First of all, be better prepared for
PNG must have its own national “Climate Change Action Plan’ now. Many things can be done by ourselves without waiting to go overseas and attend expensive ‘talk-fests’ at the behest of the rich men’s club. We only show that we are really helpless without the West propping us up every time.