Is COP 17 just another con?

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Now that COP 17, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has been launched in Durban, we are in for two weeks of ecological rhetoric, political posturing and emotional climate-change fear-mongering.

Wording such as climate juggernaut, shore up public confidence, reassure the vulnerable, undertake tangible action for a safer future, livelihoods being disabled by climate change, armed with the truth, agree in principle, curtailing your carbon footprint, ... extremely difficult if not impossible ...’ will become common phrasings over the coming twelve days. And Durban will be inundated by caring activists, bunny-hugging matriarchal groups and please-listen-to-me bluster.

The media have for the past while been anticipating the gathering of all the eco-mentalists by publishing green-centric articles and by televising discovery-type ‘public-interest’ shows. Articles and shows that have highlighted the plight that faces humanity if something is not done to stem the increase in greenhouse gasses or the unbridled consumption of energy.

Some shows were quite open about the issue at hand presenting information from both sides of the pro and con advocacy. But by far and large, shows mainly presented scenarios of doom, gloom and worst case scenarios.

I must admit at smiling quietly to myself while watching or reading all the gumph on the conference at hand. For example free bikes for delegates to use (really, and Durban is known as a bike friendly city!?) Water fountains instead of water bottles (really, and once they leave the venue!?) Twelve days of living inside a Convention Centre with glaring lights, humming air conditioners and much paper? What about the transport to convey the delegates of 194 countries to and from the Hotels? What about the energy required to produce meals, snacks, refrigeration and the running of the centre (Thank goodness for coal?)

I understand the theory of fear mongering that is being dished on climate change, for the public in general will just consume-consume without much thought or regard for tomorrow if some sort of brake-force is not applied by external sources. But on the other hand, why should they worry about tomorrow? As it stands, eking out a living is top priority. Filling up the food larder is top priority. Paying off debt is top priority. Looking after family matters is top priority. Worrying about the possibility that tomorrow may not come due to some or other vague scientific eventuality is just too distant to matter much.

Yes, climate change in all its guises is heard about on the news but it does not hold much affiliation for the needs of the average Joe soap are not being addressed by all the politicos and concerned groups alike i.e. continued and sustainable employment benefits going forward!?

Personally I do not see a solution. Our capitalistic lifestyle is too ingrained. Change will require great sacrifice by the whole of humanity. Something that, to date has not occurred naturally.

But let us not forget that throughout all the talking, gesticulation and masticating, climate change is a natural occurrence. Yes, humans may have kinda stepped up the ante but, all the bluster will not change the inevitable, only stave it off. 

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ingridlotze
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ingridlotze Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Why all the negativity around COP17?

I understand why journalists and bloggers alike are finding it very easy to pick holes in COP17. Many comments and observations are true and it is easy to be a naysayer about the 'Green gunk', but where are the positive sentiments?

Why is everyone shooting down something that we should rather be giving our full support to? It doesn't matter if you believe that the South African government will pull off the solar or wind projects. It doesn't matter if you believe that climate change has nothing to do with carbon emissions, what does matter is that everyone is aware of saving our planet, preserving our wetlands and wildlife and reducing our waste as much as we can.

If nothing else COP17 draws global attention to a global cause. Yes there are countries who don't give two hoots about carbon footprints, but let them be in the minority.

What COP17 does is bring important issues to the fore and opens up commercialization of innovations that can address these issues, in other words in opens up opportunity. Isn’t that what we should be encouraging and praising rather than criticising?

Take the recent announcement from one of our client’s, The Innovation Hub, (see http://www.itweb.co.za/office/theinnovationhub/ for press release) the project being showcased at COP17, Gauteng’s Climate Innovation Centre, aims to accelerate the development, deployment, and transfer of locally relevant climate technologies. How can this be a bad thing? Instead of pointing fingers at past failures how about we seek ways to make it a success? Instead of poking a dozen holes in the concept how about coming up with new ways of doings things quicker, faster, better?

I challenge the media to find some positive stories about COP17.

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Jawellnofine Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A well worded emotive plea.

first, the media are by far on the side of COP 17. There a very few negatives being spewd by them.

The proclaimed science remains vague and full of emotive euphamisms.

Although some are proclaiming benifits, the majority have not looked into the after-effects of renewable energy and there are after-effects to everything humans touch (it has become fashion to talk about carbon foot-prints and being 'green' concious.)

The long term aspect of employment is not being looked at (In Sa they are predicting 300 thousand jobs over the next 10 years which sounds great but lacking substance for it is only lip service)

Thank goodness for opinions.

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Wolfe Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Global warming....just another Y2K craze....

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