In her blog entry on Wednesday, young Negotiator Tracker from India, Leela Raina, specifies 10 reasons why dating a male from an Annex I country does not appeal to her. A closer read will find some uncanny resemblance between her decision and the ongoing climate negotiations.
1. He is not willing to commit
Translation into negotiation language: Wants to shift emissions baseline from the year 1990 to 2005.
2. He takes more space in the relationship
Translation: Has a massively higher proportion of pollution.
3. He refuses to finance dinners
Translation: Can fund local solar projects but needs my help to scale up activities.
4. He hates my mother
Translation: Does not like principles and conditions imposed, and will not ratify them at any cost.
5. He does not let me use the TV remote or the computer
Translation: Makes it difficult to transfer technology
6. He would not save me if earthquakes or flash floods take place
Translation: Not reaching out with support for adaptation.
7. He does not follow through and is indecisive
Translation: Has different views all the time?
8. He is possessive and wants daily reports
Translation: Wants MRV on NAMA.
9. He has such a consumption-oriented lifestyle
Translation: Has an unsustainable lifestyle.
10. He would not make a good father
Translation: Does not care about protecting the environment for future generations.
For Leela to gain interest in Annex I men, their countries first need to play a more positive role in the negotiations. She asks: “So what do you say, dear Annex I negotiators? Are you willing to change, or not?”
Source: Adapted from adoptanegotiator.org