After four days the picture already becomes clear: it is going to be very hard for the world community as assembled at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to reach the desired consensus necessary to halt global warming. African countries cannot even agree amongst themselves, Brazil, India, South Africa and China come with their own joint perspective as leaders of the developing world and Western countries ‘secretly’ work on a deal to exclude the Third World and take the whole conversation away from the UN.
It must have been easier to build the tower of Babel. Many voices outside the UN Conference nonetheless agree that the challenge of global warming presents a great opportunity for innovation and economic development. In fact it presents opportunity to lead meaningful lives. Isn’t it much more interesting to develop and build the next sustainable renewable energy system than to design another ‘financial product’?
Humanity stands on the threshold of the transformation of the current economies based on polluting fossil fuels into sustainable renewable energy economies. This transformation will provide millions of new jobs. It will halt global warming. It will create a more fair and just world. It will clean our environment and make our lives healthier. In other words, the problem of global warming presents an inspiring opportunity to make our world a better place.
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