The beginning of a new year is a time to set goals and make plans for the future, and a New Year’s resolution we desperately want to come to fruition is a global agreement on climate change. That being said, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is taking matters into his own hands and has made reaching a climate change agreement one of his priorities for the upcoming year. In a recent interview with the BBC, Brown says that he thinks it is still possible to come to a global agreement after the initial (rather disappointing) COP15 talks in December laid the groundwork for a successful solution. And with other world leaders pledging to continue work on the agreement, 2010 could be the year we’ve all been waiting for.
When asked what came next after the U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen, Brown said “I’ve got an idea about how we can actually move this forward over the next few months and I’ll be working on this.” He also thinks “it’s not impossible that the groundwork that was done at Copenhagen could lead to what you might call a global agreement that everybody is happy to stand by.” In the next few months, Brown will be working on coming up with a plan, and “… can see a way forward because what prevented an agreement was suspicion and fear and forms of protectionism that [he] think[s] we’ve got to get over.” Although he hasn’t given any details to what that plan may include, it is heartening to know that just because the talks are over, work on the issue isn’t.
Other world leaders have also made New Year’s Resolutions about moving forward towards a global climate change agreement. Obama wants to move a cap-and trade bill through Congress, and has firmly stated that clean, renewable energy will “drive economic growth for decades to come,” with hopes that the US becomes the leader in renewable energy technology development. France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel have both committed to hosting talks during the year. Mexico is pushing for the most controversial commitment of a cut of 50% by 2050. Brazil plans to stay in keeping with its own ambitious targets. Meanwhile, India has launched a plan for special green economic zones, and even China has released new regulations to increase the use of renewable energy.