Poor COP26 deal shows Israel can ‘keep wavering’

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) came to an end on Saturday night after two weeks of talks, agreements and negotiations between different delegations.

However, the negotiations around the Glasgow Climate Pact ended with disappointment for many, after last-minute objections raised by China and India meant that instead of promising to “phase out” the use of coal, the agreement now calls on countries to commit only to “phasing out”.

COP26 President Alok Sharma was seen fighting back tears when he announced the changes made to the agreement, saying that he “apologizes for the way this process has developed and I am deeply sorry.”

The impact, or lack thereof, of the amended climate pact remains to be seen, but in the meantime, Israeli climate experts and activists have voiced their concerns and cautious hopes.

“The climate agreement signed yesterday reveals the true priorities of our representatives,” environmental activist and artist Carmel Horowitz told The Jerusalem Post.

“Economic growth and the constant search for comfort are prioritized over the climatic and ecological balance that allows us to even sustain these searches, ensuring our future will only come later.

“The lives of millions are easy to compromise, but the economic growth that comes in a constant form of overexploitation and destruction of nature, on which we depend, will not give up,” Horowitz said.

Protesters hold placards as they participate in a protest, as the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) takes place, in London, Britain, on November 6, 2021. (Credit: REUTERS / HENRY NICHOLLS)

Commenting on the decision to remove the clause that asks all countries to phase out the use of coal from the climate pact at the request of economically less developed countries, Horowitz disagreed with this decision.

“Because the never-ending paradigm of ‘growth at the expense of resources’ is universal, poor countries also strive to use natural resources as much as possible, which is why they have put it at the top of their priorities.

“This is a problem that does not have an easy solution, but it is easy to understand that the richest countries should also give up more of their polluting pleasures. [than poorer countries] for the good of everyone’s future. “

Israel’s main delegation at COP26 was only present for several days at the start of the conference, but the Glasgow Climate Pact is expected to influence Israel’s approach to climate change nonetheless.

Horowitz, however, has doubts about Israel’s current approach to the climate crisis and about the country’s place at the forefront of environmentalism.

“Unfortunately, [Prime Minister Naftali] Bennett’s speech illustrated that he certainly does not understand the subject [of climate change] relying on technology as a solution, technology whose capabilities are more reminiscent of a miracle than reality ”.

“Israel, as a country, chooses not to present leadership and innovation on the climate issue. Therefore, the decisions that were made in Glasgow only show Israel that it can continue to waver because everyone is wavering.

“Only when a courageous leader comes forward to say that it is our responsibility to change our priorities, as those of us who understand the crisis say, and that not doing so will cost millions in human lives, only then (and only if this leader can deliver his words) can we make a real difference ?, concluded Horowitz.

“Unfortunately, at this time there is no leader who is willing to say that,” he said.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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