Mexico’s committed road to Copenhagen
More than 100 heads of state will be in Copenhagen this Friday to try and find some consensus on the next steps that both developing and industrialized nations should take to mitigate the effects of climate change.
While we all hope for a positive outcome, it is a fact that some nations have already been showing a much firmer commitment than others when it comes to reducing their greenhouse emissions.
Climateactiontracker.org is an organization that provides an up-to-date assessment of individual national pledges to make this a greener world.
On the road to Copenhagen, climateactiontracker.org rates Mexico as “Medium”, because it has a very specific climate plan with major actions up to 2020 and ambitious long-term goals. It recently increased the 2020 target from a 20% to a 30% reduction below the baseline.
Other green measures taken by Mexico include the introduction of an award-winning bus system that has considerably reduced traffic congestion and pollution in Mexico City; Mexico’s proposal for the creation of a Green Fund* in which nations take responsibility and bear costs associated with their production of carbon emissions; and its commitment to implementing a very ambitious program backed by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB).
This is the rating that climateactiontracker.org gives to the USA and the BRIC countries:
USA – Inadequate
Brazil – Sufficient
Russian Federation – Inadequate
India – Medium
China – Inadequate
Mexico is a developing nation that is committed with the environment, and as Mexicans we echo UN’s chief Ban Ki-moon request to the leaders of these major economies to get their acts together and come out of the talks with a very concrete foundation for a legally binding treaty that makes this a better world for our children.
*Green Fund: flexible financial tool to help countries reduce carbon emissions, mindful of their common but differentiated responsibilities