A New Climate Deal is Achievable

Reaching a global agreement on climate change this year in Copenhagen will require political courage from leaders around the world. With the future of their economies and national security at stake, it requires no less than that they live up to their most fundamental responsibility toward their citizens.

COPENHAGEN – Look at the leaders of our time. That these are tough times can be read in the lines of their faces, and in their stern looks. Responsibility weighs heavily when your economy is in crisis and people are being laid off in huge numbers. Nobody bears that responsibility more heavily than political leaders.

Day after day, efforts are made to find a way to recovery. Lights burn late into the night in government offices around the world. So shouldn’t “that climate thing” wait for better times?

No. Delay is not an option. The world has already waited too long and the issue needs urgent attention.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

To read this article from our archive, please log in or register now. After entering your email, you'll have access to two free articles from our archive every month. For unlimited access to Project Syndicate, subscribe now.

required

By proceeding, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, which describes the personal data we collect and how we use it.

Log in

http://prosyn.org/pJJTVNQ;

Cookies and Privacy

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. To find out more, read our updated cookie policy and privacy policy.