Saturday, 19 December 2009

Copenhagen a failure, what now?

So Copenhagen has ended in spectacular failure. No legally binding targets, no workable mechanisms, no further cuts, no deal on green tech. Okay, maybe we can go forward, and at least the US and China have been drawn into the process, but the sight of the world's leaders falling apart so dramatically is unedifying.. the contrast with the calm exteriors shown in the face of the financial crisis is stark.

The quote on the BBC from Xie Zhenhua, Head of China's delegation, says it all: 'After negotiations both sides have managed to preserve their bottom line. For the Chinese this was our sovereignty and our national interest.'

If short-term national interest is the bottom line.. ..

I'm going to stop writing before I lose my temper. Our only hope for now, while we wait for our leaders to understand, is to take whatever action we can. Unilateral deals, EU movement, green tech research, local environmental councils and boards in our communities, NGOs, charities, and continuing to build a political movement that can really take on the environmental crises which are facing us.


  1. Copenhagen has failed. The UN has failed to address the most important crisis in human history. This is now the time for sanctions, boycotts and embargoes. A new alliance is needed. An alliance of hope and peace and justice must be built to oppose the axis of pollution, extinction and self destruction.

  2. Hey Canada guy. Agreed.

    It has been said so many times, but we just need to leave the fossil fuels in the ground, and the trees standing!

    I see that the focus seems to be on blaming China for the collapse of the talks. Well, that may be true, and I would not be surprised if China did not want a deal, but it is hardly all down to them. We have all behaved terribly, and while China may be no better than the developed countries, I doubt they are any worse. Making them the fall guy will not work.

  3. Anger of the North23 December 2009 at 11:44

    Hi Mushy Pea - I just read the same article by Mark Lynas.

    Surely the next step is to start to change public perception of China? If people in Europe and the US began to see China in a more negative light they would in turn start to check whether the TV, phone, pair of jeans etc that they were buying was made in China.

    If it became highly unfashionable to buy Chinese products (as has been the case with products of certain companies, like Nestle), then it would damage their economy, which is hughly based upon manufacturing.

    I'm heading into town to do some last minute Christmas shopping, so now seems like a good time to start.

  4. @Anger of the North... consumerism is a choice and i would recommend to you to buy a good english translation of laotse ! more now, it should be highly unfashionable to buy energy of a company which uses patents and does not support and enable _open_ development at all !

    it's good to think ahead, thanks for the post but whatever action you can, mmh ???

  5. that's what i was meaning when asking you about what are you talking about when you're writing "take whatever action you can"..

    hey anonymous dude, go home and cry !
    and after that, take action through stepping out of your door and take a look at what you see there !

  6. Perhaps I should have said 'Take whatever helpful, constructive and non-genocidal action you can..'.