Copenhagen: Business-as-Usual or the Vision and Backbone to Act?
Climate change is getting a lot of attention this week as the U.N. Climate Change Conference heats to a climax in Copenhagen. Climate disruption due to increasing concentration of CO2 in our atmosphere joins the growing evidence of an unsustainable human footprint on the planet.
I’m following the Copenhagen talks with interest, wondering whether we’ll see a rational response or business-as-usual: more evidence we just can’t believe we’re at the eleventh hour. How our society reacts to climate change is a likely indicator of how we’ll respond to early warning signs of peak energy, peak water and peak food.
I’ve arranged for us to get video reports from Copenhagen during this last week of the summit. Zoe Cormier, a London-based science reporter and photographer, has graciously agreed to be our eyes and ears in Copenhagen. She has just launched a new environmental news service, AxisOfEco.com, an impressive online news source for original environmental reporting. Zoe’s credits include a regular column on environmental issues for Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, and stories published in The Toronto Star, The Ecologist and Plenty magazine. She is the current alternative science blogger for The New Internationalist. She also writes and photographs for Guerilla Science.
Zoe impressed me enough that we’ve put a high definition video camera in her pocket to take to Copenhagen. This week we hope to capture the look and feel of the summit, perhaps an interview or two, some footage for my documentary, Hooked on Growth, and – importantly – Zoe’s observations. Check back daily this week for her reports.
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