The Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme organized a COP21 side event on the 7th December, at UNESCO Headquarters, gathering Youth delegates, Artists, NGO’s, Anthropologists and so on. During the conference “Social Transformations in the face of Climate Change” John Crowley, Chief of the Research, Policy and Foresight Section of UNESCO, called the roundtable on the topic of access to justice to the environment issues.
Ms. Francine Cousteau, president of the Cousteau Society defended the positive approach of the big ecosystems, which must be adopted internationally as a strategy for the integrated management of resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way – “people have to understand that we have a commun world”. The big ecosystem, as the Ocean is transboundary and it reflects our actions. She added that we also have to find the harmony in the law. We believe that climate change related issues as well as the sharing of large ecosystems by neighboring countries are important drivers that may lead soon or later to the necessity of an international court.
Ms. Corine Lepage, Former Environment Minister, who worked with corresponsability, supports the idea of a big governance problem. Affirming that “there is not time anymore, the political agreement must be deeper, and the requests and goals still very different among states.”
Mr. Hans Blommestein, the economic adviser of the International Court of the Environment Foundation (ICEF) and former financial head of the OECD contended that the key for institutional changes is the establishment of an International court of environmental, if the resolutions stays in the states level, the problems will not be solved when the issue is transboundary, since the state, which creates new legislations is not permanent, that means, the politics change. For example, as an Economist he affirms that subsidies have to be increasingly faced out and we have to understand its impacts on ethics.
Ms. Cousteau gives an exemple of plastic industry, which have to reduce its production but unfoutunately, the decisions are not applied in the source of the problem. according to her we have to stimulate research and innovation, new green technologies have to replace the current way of life.
Ms. Lepage agreed with the international judgement about international issues, which have been discussed worldwide. Anyway many countries already accept the civil organizations to request its rights facing the political decisions.
When questioned about how to set up the actions, repairing the past or towards the future, the youth delegate responded that the worry must be further to the future, to improve next generations quality of life.
The session was concluded by the mediator with a call to the youth force which it is definetly important to bring the change and make the difference.