Some agreements that need to happen for COP 21 to be determined a success.
(1) agreements must specify deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions at regular milestones leading to 2050 (e.g., 2020, 2030, 2050), not just goals set for 2050.
(2) total global commitments must leave at least 80% of the current fossil fuel reserves in the ground and plan for 100% renewable energy by 2050
(3) agreements must be binding and not voluntary
(4) developed nations (those that have had one to two centuries to industrialize using fossil fuels and are major perpetrators of climate change), led by the US, must make the most significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and resource extraction, leaving space for non-developed nations such as those in the global south to improve conditions for their peoples.
(5) developed nations should pay significantly for developing nations to improve conditions in their countries (e.g., bypassing fossil fuels and moving to renewables), in part due to their responsibility not only for global warming but also due to the poor economic legacy they have left with developing nations as a result of colonial/imperial histories.
(6) solutions must always prioritize justice and equity far ahead of corporate and national self-interest and profit. .
(7) nations cannot count holdings/actions that take place in other countries against their own climate commitments; unless they significantly improve global climate and environmental conditions and the lives of people in the 2nd country.
(8) corporations, especially the multinational ones, must agree to make significant cuts in greenhouse gases and pollution.
Time for transformation.