September 09, 2009
Climate Negotiators in Copenhagen Can Save the World?
It is up to the international representatives attending climate negotiations in Copenhagen to save the world from utter destruction -- at least that is the message of the film (embedded below) used to open the much anticipated event earlier this week. The short film focuses on a little girl who, after having an apocalyptic dream in which she experiences climate Armageddon, learns of the Copenhagen climate talks and video tapes herself pleading with the delegates to "Please save the world."
Although clearly intended to be inspirational to the attendees, the tiresome apocalyptic footage of earth's demise combined with the notion that negotiators have the power to alter the course of climate destruction in two weeks is self-congratulatory at best. More accurately, it's strikingly narcissistic (read: delusions of grandeur) given that the premise of these talks, agreeing to internationally binding carbon emissions reduction targets, continues to fixate on empty promises that include no developed, strategic plan to transform the way the world makes and uses energy.