What a week……
After years of build up and anticipation the world met in Copenhagen and failed to meet its objectives. The world met to create an agreement, a treaty that would be binding on nation states and require them to reduce emissions of CO2 in some material fashion – within some serious time frame.
None of this happened.
We were to leave Copenhagen with the hearts of young (and old) climate activist alike – soring – with the hope of a world heading in the right direction – instead many of these same folks will be leaving angry, in disgust – at their leaders and the leaders of other nations for their inaction.
This was to be the coming out event for so called energy tech – the green wave of firms and technologies – solar, wind, and others that would create a green global work force and transform our energy infrastructure – this did not happen.
Copenhagen has been a major disappointment…………..and yet…
This week – China, India, Europe, and The United States all stated clearly that the risks posed by climate change are unacceptable to the global community. The leaders of China and the leaders of the United States have agreed in concept to work together towards a binding agreement that would both lower CO2 emissions and also provide more meaningful tracking of regional emissions.
This week (a seemingly tired) President of the United States – hung around – gathered other world leaders back in one last effort at an agreement – and he succeeded (sort of…)
Copenhagen should give us hope.
This week thousands upon thousands of peoples voices were heard – This Crisis Must Be Solved!
This week the world heard that the divide between rich and poor – may be so deep - that the rich may have to move on to solutions – without the poor…
This week – a very human looking – President of the United States – got his hands in the dirt and tried to pull it together because he and we believe it is essential for the people of the earth that we solve this issue.
I believe that President Obama will continue to push the world – but he has now seen that pushing the world will require leading by example. The United States can do so much on our own to show leadership – and within the branch of the executive – President Obama can do so much…and we hope and believe he will.
There will be plenty to discuss for weeks to come. There will be plenty to do for years to come.
For now – all of you – get home safely, realize that this effort is growing stronger, it is right and it will carry the day.
As for the President – thank you for trying – keep pushing – do not hesitate to lead. (But first get some rest!)