The color of the global empire may well be green. ~ Yuval Noah Harrari
In his bestseller about the human species, Yuval Harrari makes a compelling argument about the direction in which we are headed. He states that slowly nationalism is being replaced by a deep global co-operation over matters that affect the entire humanity. Our deep sense of national identity is being over-ridden by our identification with the human species and the urge to save and sustain it.
This is obvious in the formation of groups such as the European Union and the United Nations, which transcend political boundaries.
Mr. Harrari argues that as it becomes easier to conduct business, transact culturally and economically across boundaries, countries will soon merge into a single unified empire.
Every empire requires a bedrock for collaboration- preservation of the Earth and environment as we know it will be the bedrock for our global empire. The Paris Agreement, is effectively a draft of the Constitution for this global empire and serves as a guideline for collaboration towards this urgent goal.
Instead, The United States now joins only Syria and Nicaragua in the illustrious list of countries to not participate in the Paris Agreement.
Political Repercussions of Exiting Paris Agreement
As in the case of every empire- the global empire will have some leadership. By choosing to exit from the Paris Agreement, The United States of America has effectively abdicated it’s responsibility and potential leadership position in the global empire. It now stands at a politically weaker position with questionable moral authority.
Technological Repercussions of Exiting Paris Agreement
The United States has been the hotbed of innovation in renewable energy and home to companies such as Tesla that have successfully commercialized new technologies such as electric vehicles and solar tiles to combat climate change. It is home to universities where students from across the world conduct cutting edge research on the energy solutions of the future.
This exit from the Paris Accord highlights the American government’s priorities. Doubtlessly there will now be reduced government funding in renewable energy research and commercialization where it is needed the most. However, renewable energy is an idea who’s time has come, so while reduced funding might slow down some research temporarily, we foresee that this activity will only shift to geographies where governments would support it most- which would further weaken America’s standing on the global stage.
Economic Repercussions of Exiting Paris Agreement
Finally, renewable energy and energy efficiency are not only a means to save the environment. They are new industries that are formidable generators of jobs and employment. These sectors attract investment and feed the cycle of growth. We predict that by exiting the Paris Agreement, the United States has done a great dis-service to it’s people by denying them opportunities in an industry that promises to be one of the largest in the near future.
Repercussions for The Planet
So while the United States has exited the Paris Agreement, several of it’s states are stepping forward and re-asserting their commitment to the environment. California and Pennsylvania, for example, have vocalized their individual state level plans to reduce emissions. Even though Mr. Trump’s announcement of his intention to exit the Paris Agreement was disappointment, initially, it has now served to only galvanize support from other countries towards the Accord.
We are confident and optimistic that the Planet as a whole will step up to the clarion call, with or without the United States and ensure global temperatures do not rise beyond the 2 degree limit.
Why is Sunkalp Energy Taking a Stand on the Paris Accord?
We at Sunkalp Energy strongly believe in the work being done by the solar industry in India. This is more than a business for us- this industry will effectively shape the way humans collaborate, consume energy and eventually evolve. That is why we must do the best job we can in terms of quality and collaborate for fair and effective policy development. The bottom line is that the solar industry can contribute to establishing India’s prime importance in the global empire.