UNFCCC goes to Cancun
Relative to: Climate Change talks beginning in Cancun, Mexico.
Buried underneath all those stories about Wikileaks and football games in today’s media, there lies a story about that most loved and despised of organizations: the UNFCCC. Today a new round of Climate Change talks get underway in Cancun, Mexico. There was a time when these Climate conferences were major news, headline stories around the world. I don’t think that’s the case anymore. The previous attempt in Copenhagen was unsuccessful, climate-wise, though it may have been internationally valuable for the smaller nations, who are at higher risk of the effects of Climate Change despite producing much smaller amounts of CO2. These nations were heard and become a part of the negotiations in a way they had yet to accomplish, even if that meant shutting down the talks.
But it is once again time, even if just until the end of the first day of the conference, to be hopeful that leaders of the industrialized, polluting nations around the world will reconsider the gravity of the situation the world finds itself in. Especially around the world, I suppose, since the political realities of the United States are shifting in a direction that will likely make real energy and climate legislation much more difficult to realize. And in reconsidering this, perhaps the world can figure out a way to take the long view of life, and recognize that, yes, the world’s economy is hurting, but something should be done to help our home. After all what good is a thriving economy on a darkening planet?