A day at Bonn without tomorrow ( January 2018 )

The world witnessed one more fragile attempt of the major powers to control the relentless deterioration of the global climatic conditions. The obscurantist, orthodox, and narcist approach of developed countries has deeply affected the global climatic prospects of tomorrow. In fact, like previous CoPs in the past eight years, the Bonn conference also stretched into extra time because the participating nations were divided over the agenda of a pre-CoP meeting next year. The developed countries have always been tardy and deliberately lackadaisical about their pre-2020 commitments. Under these circumstances, at the CoP 23, the developed and developing countries could only reach a partial agreement. The developed countries will submit a report by May 2018 stating the progress on their pre-2020 commitments. The world could no longer afford the neglect of the growing concern of rising temperature. There is an urgent need to phase out fossil fuels and shifting to renewables, electric vehicles, green buildings etc. Adaptation is about what to do to cope with the effects of climate change that are already upon us, or bracing ourselves for floods, droughts and diseases. No one can deny the fact that a sustainable development could be achieved only with the sustained and coordinated collective effort and nothing less will work.