No Winner in Climate War

(December 16, 2015)

The dust hadn’t settled after the historic agreement reached at COP21 in Paris before there was talk of who won and who lost.

Some think it went too far, others not far enough. Still others wonder about how to reach the goals that were agreed upon.

The agreement, however, was both a triumph of diplomacy and evidence of the pressure that civil society organizations and others brought to bear on the negotiations.

Yet talk of heroes and villains, winners and losers, is unhelpful. It misrepresents the facts and distorts the conversation we need to have — and right away — about what to do and how to do it.

In a climate war, there are no winners. If there is a fight, we all lose — because so does the planet.

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