I don’t think I can adequately respond to recent Copenhagen events, which is why I have not.
By now, you have undoubtedly heard of the unneccessary piece of UN greenwash that Obama tried to tout as a successful agreement. That’s a lie. There was no successful agreement, at least not in terms of being science-based and legally binding.
I watched Obama give his final press conference before heading back to Washington in which he was noticeably depressed. Maybe, like the rest of us, he felt like a failure for not having been able to do more.
In the Copenhagen accord, no targets are agreed upon, no numbers are mentioned, no limits are set. What we have are three pages of vagueness which, for all intents and purposes, do not move beyond what nations agreed to 17 years ago. You can read the Copenhagen Accord here and judge for yourself–does it suffice?
This is a surprise to nobody. We knew there was no hope for Copenhagen. We knew we fought for a lost cause. We watched as civil society was excluded from the talks while powerful nations made opaque and underhanded deals at the expense of the poor. We observed the inevitable failure of mankind’s last, best hope to save itself.
Prior to Copenhagen, there was a massive public outreach. The talks were all over the news; activists and concerned citizens around the world pressured their lawmakers to come to an agreement. One hundred and nineteen heads of state committed to taking action. Posters of “Hopenhagen” were put up around the world. The television ran ads to promote a UN conference, for God’s sake; and STILL we couldn’t work out our differences in order to save ourselves.
To me, this conference has proven what I already knew. Governments are not going to solve our problems. Only we, the people, are going to solve problems. Like Copenhagen, this is now a matter of hope, dreams and chance, and my only question left is, Are we feeling lucky today?