Kyoto Bali Copenhagen
Posted by chdot on December 15, 2007
The talking in Bali is over. The American Government, having been isolated by all others, finally agreed to remain part of the ‘Climate Change process’: (BBC story).
The next major meeting will be in Europe, in Denmark, in Copenhagen, in 2009.
There is increasing realisation that there is no ‘business as usual’ option. In today’s edition of The Times – once the UK’s ‘establishment’ newspaper, former Conservative M.P. Matthew Parris has a column headed “Please force us to go green“.
Things are changing. They have to change. Whether it will be fast enough to avoid some of the most pessimistic predictions remains to be seen.
Two years for talks about talks may be too long in the face of increasing suggestions that the world only has ten years to start making significant reductions in climate changing emissions. But fortunately it’s not just about waiting for Governments to do things – though it would help if some of them set better examples.
Cycling more and driving less is a tiny step that many individuals could take. Selling the car and joining the City Car Club is an option for some.
Of course the fact that the next conference is in Copenhagen will help concentrate minds. It is probably the best known example of a city taking cycling seriously. The council there has been gradually and significantly improving facilities for nearly thirty years – the results are clear. Keep up with some of the results on the excellent and inspirational Cycleliciousness blog.
In Edinburgh unfortunately the council still isn’t quite so cycle minded, though, at last, it has a new Cycling Officer. One of his first jobs is to write the council’s Cycle Strategy. At least there are people in the city who have recently embarked on the Transition City voyage. Perhaps 2009 will be a useful deadline for showing some of the things Edinburgh and its inhabitants can do to make the city less ‘carbon dependent’.