Three Suggested Climate Policies
Day by day the world has continued to experience the adverse effect of climate change. These climatic changes have pushed countries to rally behind various interventions such as the Paris accord and Sustainable Development Goal number thirteen which focuses on climatic action. Even though the United States withdrew from the Paris accord in 2017 by April of 2018 175 Parties had endorsed the Paris Agreement. This commitment emanates from recent global climatic changes characterised by extreme weather conditions, the increase of greenhouse gas rising sea levels all which pose significant threats to the survival of humanity. Gunn (2017) confirms that the risk of climate change is not in the distant future, but it is already happening, and countries have to get ready and deal with it. This paper looks into three suggested policies and their effectiveness given the current geopolitical arrangement.
Three Suggested Policies Changes
The President’s climate action plan, Engendering the climate-change negotiations and National security and the accelerating risks of climate change are some of the recent studies conducted on tackling climate change. A more in-depth analysis of the policies reveals the following:
The National security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change declared that the national risk associated with climate change is high. This proposed policy suggests that the United States should be at the forefront of global efforts and preparation for risks related to climate change. This policy echoes the President’s pillar number two- climate action plan.
The other policy suggested involves deploying clean energy. There are several interventions proposed under this policy which include the reduction of carbon emission, quadrennial energy review, the establishment of a new objective for energy efficacy.
The third crucial policy is the preparation of the United States to be able to face the impacts of climate change. Under this policy, there are several mechanisms and parallels used as a case study: – such as hurricanes, wildfires and even the use of military when the need arises as a measure to be always prepared.
Current Political Climate
Stevis, (2014) states that climate change has emerged as a political issue and a subject of research since the mid-1980s and its scope has expanded to global environmental politics which continues to date. Studies have indicated that it’s not only in the USA but also across the world people and countries have taken sides with one or another issue regarding climate change. For example, in the USA the Republicans are always put to task over their stand on matters surrounding human beings and climate change.
It has come to the fore that the on-going trade war between the US and China is not about to end. This conflict has a high possibility of altering the geopolitics formation across the world. It is evident that some countries will side with China and some with the USA, and this will have a direct bearing on the climate change policy at the international level.
Third preparation for climate change requires a great a lot of resources both human labour and financial resources. It will call for political leaders to engage and come up with the best way to utilize the available resources especially when disaster strikes.
Irrespective of how the policies have been framed, the implementation and success entirely depend on the political setup, whether at home or abroad it will always call for political dialogue and compromise to implement.
Stevis, D. (2014). The trajectory of the study of international environmental politics. In M. M. Betsill, K. Hochstetler, & D. Stevis (Eds.), Palgrave advances in international environmental politics (2d ed., pp. 13–44). New York: Palgrave.
Gunn, L., 2017. National security and the accelerating risk of climate change. Elem Sci Anth, 5. DOI:http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.227