Paris Can’t Be Another Copenhagen

Op-Ed, The New York Times May 25, 2015 Author: Kevin Rudd, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

As a former prime minister of Australia, I understand something of the political costs leaders must bear in aiming to reconcile the long-term interests of the planet with short-term national interests.

After attending the 2009 Copenhagen summit on climate change, I was attacked back home for either doing too much or too little in trying to bring about a binding global agreement.

We all failed at Copenhagen, though not for want of effort from many of us. The United Nations conference in Paris this December is the next opportunity for leaders of the world’s biggest economies to show real leadership in the slow-motion drama that is anthropogenic climate change.

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Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

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