Despite the immense human energy exerted and intellectual capital invested, not forgetting the greenhouse gases emitted simply to get negotiators to the table, the goal of climate security remains elusive. What is compelling so many thousands to gather for this two-week slog? Is this the best way to address climate change?
Climate change is one of the most profound and complex challenges we face, but what does this really mean? Recent research, published in Nature, said up to 37 percent of sampled terrestrial species are ‘committed to extinction’ by 2050 if current growth in emissions continues. The International Energy Agency has recently warned of a ﬁfty percent increase in energy demand and greenhouse gases over the next 25 years. The Agency called such a future ‘unsustainable’.