Roberto Dobles, the Costa Rican Minister of Environment, Energy, and Telecommunications, describes his country’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2021.
In the face of the potentially devastating social, economic, and environmental consequences of climate change, the world is taking only minute and isolated actions, ignoring the fact that any effective response must be collective and simultaneous. While the causes of climate change are country-specific, the effects are global and cumulative. Policy change is required at both the national and international levels. Time is running out. We cannot afford further delay.