Monday, 7 December 2009

Hey, hey Copenhagen

Posted on This is my Truth on December 7th


As I remember it that was the title of the B side of Black Lace's classic 80s disco track Agadoo. But today the focus on the city is a little more mainstream.

56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. "The science is complex but the facts are clear" the editorial says:

Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year's inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world's response has been feeble and half-hearted.

But the doubters are gaining credibility and publicity. Funded by a well organised and industry backed network they remind me of those scientists who were wheeled out through the 70s and 80s to raise doubts about the links between cancer and smoking.

People are easily confused by science. By planting seeds of doubt it will be even harder to persuade people that they need to alter their lifestyles as part of coming to terms with a carbon constrained future.

It seems de rigueur on the right to question the links between human activity and global warming, and even to doubt the planet is warming. It is a shame that Glyn Davies is genuflecting in the direction of the sceptics.

Put aside the details of climate change science, it seems common sense to me that we have developed an economy and society based on over consumption which cannot be maintained without a significant impact on the environment which we rely on.

Perhaps that it is putting it too simply, but you can overcomplicate these things. We cannot exploit our natural resources indefinately without consequences.

Simple as...Push pinapple, ground coffee...

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