How Can We Picture Success at Copenhagen?

Today, Reuters is reporting that President Obama will travel to Copenhagen for the U.N. climate talks, now less than two weeks away. As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m thankful for the leadership role that he can provide to the U.S. delegation, and I’m thankful that the U.S. will attend these discussions to create the political will to draft a long-term fair, ambitious & binding (FAB) global treaty.

But I can’t say that I feel any more positive about what to expect from the delegation. U.S. negotiators have suggested that President Obama may offer some sort of short-term emissions reductions to help seal a short-term political deal. That target is 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, well below what scientists say is needed to fight global warming. Other countries have offered larger targets towards creating a binding deal, but U.S. legislators still haven’t come to the table with anything official.

1Sky organizers and supporters have worked for two months to push the President and tell him that we need his leadership both at home and abroad. Now that time will come, but we can’t let up. As I stated last week, my job is to push for what we need: bold actions for a strong, clean energy future. The science, our supporters, and the world can’t settle for anything less.

So, what does success at Copenhagen look like? At 1Sky, we asked our organizers to hold a series of “Art Gatherings” to deliver a message to President Obama to assure that success in Copenhagen. Take a look at the pictures that our organizers have been sending to us this week showing the artwork they’re creating in their communities. From large, painted banners and sheets to children’s artwork on sheets of manila paper, these images represent the hundreds of thousands of voices in this country telling the administration not to let our time in Copenhagen go by without steps towards real (FAB) treaty.

I’m thankful for the hundreds of pieces of art we’ve received and for the opportunity to deliver this message to the administration before Copenhagen. I also thankful that my trip to Copenhagen next month will not simply be an empty gesture for 1Sky. We can continue to push this administration for something stronger and picture a better climate future.

For more on the Copenhagen Conference, try

Is Copenhagen a Lost Cause?
Will Copenhagen be another Battle in Seattle?
Should Obama Attend Copenhagen?

Gillian Caldwell is the Campaign Director for 1Sky, a new national campaign to build a diverse nationwide movement and convince our federal government to take bold action to tackle the climate crisis and harness the enormous economic opportunity of the renewable energy economy by 2010.

 

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32 comments

Leeann R.
Leeann C7 years ago

Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges.
Copenhagen is preparing for the climate change summit that will produce as much carbon dioxide as a town the size of Middlesbrough.

Ms Jorgensen reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. "We haven't got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand," she says. "We're having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden."

Leeann R.
Leeann C7 years ago

Circumstances are really turning up the heat on global warming guru Al Gore.

One of America’s biggest hypocrites has just cancelled a speaking engagement at a climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Gore was supposed to be the speaker at a $1,200 per person meet and greet, but suddenly bowed out, citing a “scheduling conflict.” More details on Gore being a no-show and the event being scrubbed from the VisitCopenhagen website can be found here.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/12/03/al-gore-cancels-1-200-handshake-event-copenhagen

It’s just possible that Al “big carbon footprint” Gore was afraid he may have to face the same sort of questions that were posed to him at a recent book signing, as is shown in this video.
(Let it run for a minute or so, it takes a moment to get to the good part.)

He might have been worried that someone questioning his credibility might not be forcibly removed from the event, seeing as how they would have paid twelve hundred dollars to be there.

I wish the questioners has focused more on trying to get some honest answers from Gore, rather than shout out things about the “new world order”, but it is sort of a moot point; when has Gore ever been honest about this global warming farce?

Be sure to take note of the vehicle Gore makes his escape in.

That isn’t a Prius or some other earth-friendly hybrid.

Bill U.
Bill U.7 years ago

i hope it goes well

Leeann R.
Leeann C7 years ago

-Lord Monckton served as a policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher. He has repeatedly challenged Al Gore to a debate to which Gore has refused. Monckton sued to stop Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" from being shown in British schools due to its inaccuracies. The judge found in-favor of Monckton,
ordering 9 serious errors in the film to be corrected. Lord Monckton travels internationally in an attempt to educating the public about the myth of global warming.

No one will debate w/ this man. Including Gore. (he has invited Gore to many times) They know he is over informed on the subject and is right in what he says.

Christopher Monckton's speech at Bethel University in Minnesota Oct. 14, 2009 in which he issues a dire warning to all Americans regarding United Nations Climate Change Treaty and the "real problems" that potentially lie ahead for our nation in the very near future if in fact the treaty is signed by the U.S.

Watch Monckton's Video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zOXmJ4jd-8&feature=related

And get a compilation of great articles & sites here in one spot: http://www.isthereglobalcooling.com/

Jane Law
Jane L7 years ago

And by the way, America, tax all your crazy rich people and not your poor. Tax those people getting million dollar bonuses!

Jane Law
Jane L7 years ago

What is with you Americans and your fear of taxes? Just make sure your taxes are used for positive things, like health care and education instead of wars.

Lea C.
Lea C7 years ago

Folks need to face the 'real facts' about climate change. Simply put, it's forever changing, period. There is NO TREATY, NO TAX, and now NO WORLD GOVERNMENT that can stop this. We ARE at the ending of a 26,000 year cycle and this is what Gore and his cronies didn't tell anyone. If they had, they could not help form this one world government, which will eliminate our U.S. Constitution, and that so called TREATY under the guise of climate change, will eliminate this country as we know it. I put in links here, earlier and hopefully everyone will take advantage and learn the truth.

It is a FACT that over the last 4 years temperatures have decreased. The north and south pictures are from when we did heat up, and they keep REcirculating the SAME ONEs. Without public support the government is dead in the water. People need to get their heads out of the sand, and begin researching the opposing point of view. Over 9,000 scientist have now signed a petition to the U.S. government DISCLAIMING the climate issue of warming, whereas GORE only has 50 scientists on his side.
I'm sure you've heard the saying, "fifty million Frenchmen can't be wrong." It doesn't matter what you believe of the French population or France. It's a medifore meaning that the majority states that this is a LIE, plain and simple. Governments are keeping hushed about what is in this treaty, and sending Al Gore to Copenhagen is the same as signing America's death warrant. Sorry folks, that's just trut

Lorna B.
Lorna B7 years ago

http://www.oism.org/s32p1853.htm

This is all I have to say about global warming. Except that if Obama thinks he's gonna tax me for it, he's not gonna like my answer.

No,the link above hasn't been "debunked" only libeled and slandered by people who never argue with real data.

Vetch W.
Heilsam H7 years ago

"I hope the people at Copenhagen solve our global warming problems."
Um, no. There is no "they" in this. There's only us on this planet.

Judy Cross
Judy Cross7 years ago

Australia is leading the revolt against Al Gore’s great big AGW conspiracy – just as the Aussie geologist and AGW sceptic Professor Ian Plimer predicted it would.

ABC news reports that five frontbenchers from Australia’s opposition Liberal party have resigned their portfolios rather than follow their leader Malcolm Turnbull in voting with Kevin Rudd’s Government on a new Emissions Trading Scheme.

The Liberal Party is in turmoil with the resignations of five frontbenchers from their portfolios this afternoon in protest against the emissions trading scheme.

Tony Abbott, Sophie Mirabella, Tony Smith and Senators Nick Minchin and Eric Abetz have all quit their portfolios because they cannot vote for the legislation.

Senate whip Stephen Parry has also relinquished his position.

The ETS is Australia’s version of America’s proposed Cap and Trade and the EU’s various carbon reduction schemes: a way of taxing business on its CO2 output. As Professor Plimer pointed out when I interviewed him in the summer, this threatens to cause enormous economic damage in Australia’s industrial and mining heartlands, not least because both are massively dependent on Australia’s vast reserves of coal. It is correspondingly extremely unpopular with Aussie’s outside the pinko, libtard metropolitan fleshpots.

Though the ETS squeaked narrowly through Australia’s House of Representatives, its Senate is proving more robust