Last week we held a long meeting in my building home community to decide about some important and expensive maintenance works we should do and I remembered Durban COP17. Why? Lets find the common points:
1.- The decision is common, we all have the share of the responsibility because the common parts of the building belongs to everyone, and we will all suffer the consequences of our decision. But not all to the same point.
2.- We are not in the same economic situation, although this is sometimes less clear than it seems.
3.- The works to be done are expensive in short term. But not doing them will be more expensive.
4.- We have serious difficulties to get agreements and sometimes we need several useless meetings for that.
5.- Some blame each other for not taking care of their part of the building.
But there are some notable differences too:
1.- In Durban it is accepted that Climate Change is occurring and that it is important. This seems basic but it is the beginning because at home some have some doubts about the need to make the maintenance works.
2.- At home we more or less know each share in the cost, even the ones that do not like it. In Durban this is a discussion.
3.- At home most accept that the problem is the age of the building in spite of some mutual criticism. In the world we know (most of us) that the problem has been created by us.
Will we reach an agreement? At home we are reaching some kind of it, maybe in the world too but it will be at time?