Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Fourteen Days to Seal History's Judgement on This Generation

Yesterday, The Guardian posted an outstanding editorial that was published by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages, including Chinese, Arabic and Russian.  Shamefully, it was picked up by only one U.S. paper, the Miami Herald.

My favorite lines:

(T)he shift to a low-carbon society holds out the prospect of more opportunity than sacrifice. Already some countries have recognized that embracing the transformation can bring growth, jobs and better quality lives. The flow of capital tells its own story: last year for the first time more was invested in renewable forms of energy than producing electricity from fossil fuels.

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.

The thing is, we know how to solve the problem, and how much promise the solutions hold for making lives better around the world -- of both people and all the critters who we share this magnificent planet with.

To not rise to the occasion and get the job done is just plain wrong.

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