Straight talking: Multilateralism has set the train rolling

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WORLDWIDE: The question I posed at end of my last column was: “Will the renewables revolution happen fast enough to save the climate?” Although the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris did not definitively answer the question, the possibility of a positive answer seems much greater now than it did before the event, even after a few weeks of sober reflection.

As a number of pundits have pointed out, it’s not so much that we really need to “save the planet”; we need to stop destabilising the climate in order that our civilisation might survive.

A key reason that the Paris Agreement generated such a sense of euphoria was that it was an all too rare display of multilateralism at work — countries coming together and, to a certain extent, looking beyond their own short-term national interests for the good of all.