Monday, December 07, 2009

56 Newspapers to Run Common Climate Change Editorial Today

The Toronto Star is one of 56 newspapers worldwide that are carrying a common editorial on climate change today, Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation.

The editorial calls upon the world's political leaders to combat global warming with forceful action at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, which begins today.

An excerpt follows from the Copenhagen Editorial:
Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year's inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world's response has been feeble and half-hearted.
Climate change has been caused over centuries, has consequences that will endure for all time and our prospects of taming it will be determined in the next 14 days. We call on the representatives of the 192 countries gathered in Copenhagen not to hesitate, not to fall into dispute, not to blame each other but to seize opportunity from the greatest modern failure of politics. This should not be a fight between the rich world and the poor world, or between east and west. Climate change affects everyone, and must be solved by everyone.
...The politicians in Copenhagen have the power to shape history's judgment on this generation: one that saw a challenge and rose to it, or one so stupid that we saw calamity coming but did nothing to avert it. We implore them to make the right choice.

There is more on Canada's record of broken promises on climate change, here.

And if you're in the mood for a truly thought-provoking read, try To Really Save the Planet, Stop Going Green from Mike Tidwell of the Washington Post

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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