Copenhagen or Bust – What Can Sri Lanka do?
In just 11 weeks, the world will convene in Copenhagen, under the auspices of the United Nations, to forge a new international agreement on climate change. It is a historic moment: the ultimate test of global cooperation. Yet the negotiations are proceeding so slowly that a deal is in grave danger.
If we miss this opportunity, there will be no second chance sometime in the future, no later way to undo the catastrophic damage to the environment we will cause. So when world leaders gather this week, first at the United Nations in New York and then at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, it is essential that we move toward resolving the issues that still divide our nations. As scientists spell out the mounting evidence both of the climate change already occurring and of the threat it poses in the future, we cannot allow the negotiations to run out of time simply for lack of attention. Failure would be unforgivable. (more..)
That is, according to Gordon Brown. But we agree with him. The world has dallied long enough in getting its act together to combat climate change. And even if Al Gore’s electricity bill is enough to power several small villages in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 2 weeks (there are only rumors to show that this is true by the way), we cannot ignore the core message of An Inconvenient Truth.
Gordon Brown stresses on the economic benefits for countries who ‘change with the climate’; adopting greener energy and cleaning up their carbon footprint etc. But what he doesn’t speak of here is the other side of the coin, the somewhat uglier side; the side the consists of entrenched trade competition, all sorts of climate-unfriendly vested interests and a deep reluctance to forgo short term comforts for longer term gains.
So here is where the acitivists come in to change attitudes. 350.org is a global movement that is bent on generating awareness and action to promote more earth friendly (and ultimately more people friendly) outcomes at Copenhagen. And like all good activists, Beyond Borders will also be in the thick of it. Thats right, we are for the first time going proactively green. Naturally, we and all our project associates are very excited.
More information will follow soon. A massive launch event on the 24th will be followed by our own campaign for the environment in Sri Lanka. Anyone can get involved and provide input (we are very open source like that). Watch this space for more details!