On its fifth day, the COP23 in Bonn got to the core of climate action. On the agenda for Friday and today were the “Action Days” on sustainable agriculture and the health of the oceans. Experts from the FAO are expected in the former German capital, together with ministers, NGOs and 50 religious clerics who will get off their bicycles and ask us all to “walk on the earth with respect and kindness.”
However, not much is expected in terms of folklore and celebrations. Bonn will be the benchmark for the Paris agreement in the first summit without the U.S., but also, most importantly, the stress test for the Franco-German axis, the engine of Europe (also) in terms of energy and the environment, which is showing more and more signs of friction after the dramatic about-face of the Macron government in the matter of giving up nuclear power, which Germany is confirmed to be pursuing.
A difference of perspective, just like with the events happening in parallel with the COP, asking for more action against global warming, while at the same time the disturbing E.U. agreement on emissions reached in nearby Brussels pushes on. It sets out that “the biggest CO2 emitters will be paid to pollute instead of paying for having polluted,” as the WWF appropriately summarizes.