Sunday, December 13, 2015

It affects everyone

There's rightly lots of scrutiny of the various key words and phrases in the Paris climate change agreement. One interesting clause in the preamble to the legally binding part of the agreement (page 21) --

Also recognizing that sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production, with developed country Parties taking the lead, play an important role in addressing climate change,

Directing attention to rich country lifestyles in the agreement is a major achievement, albeit of course getting it into areas which will pose the most domestic political difficulties. Especially in the USA, where Republicans, to the extent they engage with the agreement at all, will see yet another line of attack on it.

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