Copenhagen Climate Conference

Copenhagen Climate Conference

Recently, I’ve skimmed over a few articles that have mentioned the Copenhagen Climate Council and the conference that was held not too long ago. I realized I haven’t heard the outcome and thought I’d better look into it! Very quickly, I learned that the council did not agree on any terms. The conference began with a lot of hopeful and positive energy, but in the end, it seems most leaders involved left feeling the extreme opposite. From what I understand, the goal involving 193 nations was to make measured efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and therefore keep the global temperature from rising no more than 2 degrees centigrade by 2020. With this commitment to be made, there was also hope that the nations involved would pledge more monetary help to third-world nations in their efforts to cut emissions and improve their economic situations within their countries. However, no concurrence toward this effort was made either. The council also decided to forego an agreement to be made in 2010 to have official regulations put in place in order to reach the goal. It seems to me as though there were too many parties with differing opinions on how best to reach a consensual, realistic objective. One would also have to consider that taking actions to better the environment might change economic relationships with other nations. There would be restrictions on transportation, thus likely limiting our ability to send goods quickly or get places ourselves as easily as we have so far in this modern world. Importing and exporting would also experience a drastic paradigm shift, as it would surely be different. Those involved apparently found out it would be much more difficult to reach an attractive target strategy and keep all parties accountable. I know that there are many different forms of media who have likely shared different communication on this topic. Because of my extreme passion to learn more about this subject, please share with me any information you may have learned, and what you think! What is your take on “global warming” or “climate change,” and how can we best curb further damage to our planet? Submitted by: Lee Boyland

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