COP17 needn’t be a cop-out

2011-11-26 10:34

So here we are again, on the eve of another international climate conference.

All the role players have gathered – scientists, politicians, green celebs, climate activists and naysayers.

The stage is set for another epic battle over the future of our home.

But from all accounts, COP17 – as with all its predecessors – could just be another damp squib with regards to a globally binding
treaty on curbing greenhouse gases.

Our political leaders have their own agendas and economies to protect.

But just because they have not been able to agree on a globally binding treaty that will reduce greenhouse gases and slow down the rate of the planet’s warming, does not mean that COP17 must be another failure.

We, every single one of us, can learn from what the climate conference wants to achieve. You and I have the the power to bring about enormous changes that will benefit Earth.

There is nothing stopping us making simple changes in our lives, such as using solar power or recycling.

What is stopping the owner of a mining house from introducing green initiatives into the mine’s daily operations?

Saving the Earth should not be held to ransom by a lack of political will.

The power to save our planet is in our hands.

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