Reading Matt’s post about The Nature Conservancy reminded me about some recent news: The December conference on climate change in Copenhagen. According to Connie Hedegaard, failure to reach an international agreement on climate change “is not an option”. If the global system fails to act on this issue in December, it will have disastrous consequences farther down the road.
Unfortunately, however, “President Obama and other world leaders have decided to put off the difficult task of reaching a climate change agreement at a global climate conference scheduled for next month, agreeing instead to make it the mission of the Copenhagen conference to reach a less specific “politically binding” agreement that would punt the most difficult issues into the future.”
This is ridiculous. Similar to Matt’s argument, while they may take a little baby step in Copenhagan, the world’s leaders are simply shifting the problem down the line, similar to the national debt. I hate to be pessimistic on this issue, but it needs to be faced before it gets any worse, not glossed over with “political accords”. The Copenhagan meeting was supposed to bring the world together in an attempt to halt or slow global warming, but that’s clearly not going to happen. Maybe this new treaty will just be pushed farther and farther down the road.