Thursday, December 17, 2009
Quotes from Copenhagen
Belize is a country blessed with the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere…thousands of beautiful coral islands, and abundant mangrove, broadleaf and pine forests. Unfortunately, we are not able to list our natural riches merely to extol them. Rather, it is to lament their destruction; to testify to the havoc that is being wrought on our environment and on our people by anthropogenic climate change. -- Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize
Without common action extreme temperatures will create a new generation of poor with climate change refugees driven from their homes by drought, climate change evacuees fleeing the threat of drowning, the climate change hungry desperate for food. – Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
I thought Prime Minister Papandreou's analogy comparing humanity to a parasite that is devouring its host and thereby condemning itself to die with it, was particularly apt and disturbing. I also like how he urged the world to make a new deal with the planet. How about a deal to treat it with love and respect? Can these 'leaders' ever come to any intelligent agreement on the controls that must be set in place now??? What have we done? What are we doing?