It’s very obvious that if you want to understand anybody’s point of view –even if it’s different from yours- you should put yourself in the other party’s shoes. Since ideas, thoughts and decisions are always based on experience, interest and logical reasons, everyone should be able to explain his point of view according to his own interest and also convince unbiased bystanders of his positions and reasons behind them.
When I started to be an environmental activist I just wanted to treat the environment with affection and care so it treats me the same way, not just treat it according to my interest and expect it to treat me in a good way. So I think it’s not logical to defend my personal interest in an environmental international conference because simply this conference was made to discuss the environment and how all the countries could cooperate to solve the environmental crisis. We need to think about how we can start a new page with environment so we can live together in peace without climate change impacts, islands sinking, higher temperatures or animals dying because of droughts that will make food and water unavailable.
I think if we really want to save OUR PLANET EARTH we should pay attention to the big problem and put our own arguments and problems aside because THERE IS NO PLANET B and there is a point of no return. We won’t have a fresh new chance. These long negotiations, slow discussions and the huge number of experts in fields not relevant to the climate are not solving the problem they are just raising the level of negative feeling and standing in the way of solving the problem. Also, in addition to this number of experts we see in the UNFCCC discussions, I don’t really see that negotiators are aware of the time passing and how urgent this issue is!!!
What I think is we should think about and discuss is the global climate issues as GLOBAL CITIZENS and if we understood the real meaning of global citizen we will have one interest one goal and will help each other because we believe in the same cause.
What I am really looking for is that negotiators present at these talks work on along this line towards Qatar and in Qatar at the end of this year.
A Global Citizen
About the authorMostafa Medhat (مصطفى مدحت)
Mostafa Medhat is a young environmental activist and campaigner from Alexandria, Egypt. His aim is to create a strong and educated generation of leaders for a sustainable present and future that would make the world a better place. He goes by the motto ‘’ aspire inspire before he expires