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The Day After Tomorrow – Our Future’s Crossroads

The World Comes Together To Save The Planet

1237181058tZN7EkyNot quite a fortnight ago, November 23 to be exact, officials were prompted to issue a shipping warning because of more than 100, and possibly hundreds, of Antarctic icebergs floating towards New Zealand. Some measuring more than 650 feet (200 meters) across were seen in just one cluster, indicating there could be hundreds more. An Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist said the ice chunks, spotted by satellite photography, had passed the Auckland Islands and were heading towards the main South Island, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) northeast. Scientist Neal Young said they were the remains of a massive ice floe which split from the Antarctic as sea and air temperatures rise due to global warming. “If the current trends in global warming were to continue I would anticipate seeing more icebergs and the large ice shelves breaking up,” he said.

The Brazilian Amazon is arguably the world’s biggest natural defense against global warming, acting as a ‘sink,’ or absorber, of carbon dioxide. But it is also a great contributor to warming. About 75% of Brazil’s emissions come from rainforest clearing, as vegetation burns and felled trees rot.

capt.photo_1259321268730-3-0Even after the U.S. and China set targets last week for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the world’s combined pledges fall far short of what experts say is needed to avert dangerous global warming.

The day after tomorrow, December 7, marks a crossroads, when more than 85 heads of state and governments gather together for the UN climate talks in Copenhagen to either:

Road 1 : Give faux concern, politically correct lip service and smiling photo-ops. Achieving nothing, only to resume the status quo, skipping down the primrose path to the choking demise of our planet and our posterity.

-OR-

Road 2 : Work with a serious “together we stand, divided we fall” determination to save the planet from catastrophic global warming. And this time (unlike Kyoto), agreements must include legal and binding deadlines.

But hope springs eternal because in the days leading up to in Copenhagen, positive signs are circumnavigating Earth:

Yesterday (December 4), Nepal’s cabinet met at the base camp of Mount Everest to highlight the impact of global warming to glaciers in the Himalayas ahead of Copenhagen.

Indian Premier Manmohan Singh said for the first time last Saturday (11/28) he was willing to commit his country to ambitious global carbon emission cuts, provided others shared the burden.

Copenhagen got a big boost last weekend (Nov. 27-29), when Commonwealth leaders representing two billion people (a third of the planet’s population) put their full weight behind sealing a deal. Heads of Commonwealth nations and the United Nations opened an unprecedented summit last Friday aimed at strengthening the debate on global warming 10 days ahead of Copenhagen talks. A new global climate pact is within reach after rich nations at the Commonwealth summit offered $10 billion to help poor and vulnerable countries bear the costs of fighting the effects of global warming.

capt.photo_1259308036556-3-0China said it was targeting a hefty 40-45% cut in carbon intensity by 2020 and Beijing also announced Premier Wen Jiabao would lead the nation’s charge for real climate change progress at the Copenhagen summit, a major move by the world’s largest emitter, whose cooperation is crucial to any deal as a global climate summit approaches.

Very rarely does one know when an unfolding current event is destined for the annals of history, Copenhagen can very well be the one event that our children will choose as the most defining moment of the 21st century. When their ancestors thought of them and their world, instead of present profit lines. So, let your leaders and governments know, just how important it is to all citizens of this planet. Phone, Tweet, e-mail, whatever, just let them know that it is imperative for them to choose the second road, not the first.

…. as the green future unfolds.

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No Responses to “The Day After Tomorrow – Our Future’s Crossroads”

  1. Barbara Says:

    I totally agree with you and this post. This is such an important event. It is good to know, that things are headed in the right direction, even before the actual event. I hope the trend continues and proves to be a historic occasion! 🙂

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … I agree! It will be historic in every way. There are some who want this meeting to fail and start again …. then there are those who want something to come out of this meeting. Either way, there is communication!

  3. solarglobalgreen Says:

    Saving the rainforests has to be the first step and then we need to turn to renewable energy.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Solarglobalgreen … Yes, they are being destroyed as we speak! There has to be a way to stop this before its too late.

  5. Tom Usher Says:

    I been writing against those claiming there’s a “Climategate.” http://www.realliberalchristianchurch.org/wordpress/2009/12/03/climategate-is-a-double-edged-cause-so-beware.html My post before that one is also on this issue. Those are from ten days ago, and plenty has come out since.

    I recommend that you all subscribe (for free) to this YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/greenman3610 (not a blanket endorsement)

    Peace and love to all,

    Tom

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Tom … thanks for the added information. You need to read the latest post and see if they also are the of the peace movement.

  7. DingM Says:

    I think it’s time to find alternative for crude oil as a main source of energy.
    .-= DingM´s last blog ..Finding A Dermatologist That Works For You =-.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi DingM … I whole heartily agree! I think that the green wave is gaining momentum.

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