Analysis Of Lewis And Felix 's Article ' After Leaders ' Rhetoric, Climate Negotiations

840 Words Dec 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Lewis and Felix (2015) describe the recent climate discussions taking place in France between negotiators of 195 countries in the Reuters article “After Leaders’ Rhetoric, Climate Negotiators Start Work on Deal”. While these talks are necessary to develop a plan to slow climate change, disagreements are prevalent according to the article. However, it is clear that the main obstacle that most parties agree on is the issue of financing. Reducing negative impacts on the environment, such as switching from fossil fuels to green energy, requires significant funding. Reasonably, the developing countries are outspoken in their crucial need for support from the developed countries. This essay analyzes the main arguments in Lewis and Felix’s article to gain a critical understanding of how climate negotiators are not tackling the systemic problem of capitalism, which undoubtedly is the cause of climate change as economy growth has become the priority over addressing long-term issues.
The article simply states, “[the biggest obstacle is money: how to come up with the billions of dollars developing nations need to shift from fossil fuels and adapt to the impacts of climate change” (Lewis and Felix, 2015). The issues with this view are abundantly clear, as Robbins (2013) points out that systematic change is necessary to tackle and eliminate many global problems, such as climate change.
Firstly, the concept of money as a standardized means of exchange has its faults because it is…

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