The Dernogalizer

October 19, 2009

“Leaders Must Engage Directly”

I’ve thought for awhile Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been one of the more aggressive world leaders when it comes to addressing climate change and trying to bridge gaps in international negotiations.  This article about Brown’s rallying cry is full of strong, bold statements that I wish President Obama started making more often.  Notable excerpts below.

“We must frankly face the plain fact that our negotiators are not getting to agreement quickly enough,” he intends to say. “So I believe that leaders must engage directly to break the impasse. We cannot compromise with the Earth. We cannot compromise with the catastrophe of unchecked climate change; so we must compromise with one another. I urge my fellow leaders to work together to reach agreement amongst us, recognising … the dire consequences of failure.”

“He points out that there are now only 50 days left to set the agenda for the next 50 years. “If we do not reach a deal at this time, let us be in no doubt: once the damage from unchecked emissions growth is done, no retrospective global agreement, in some future period, can undo that choice. By then it will be irretrievably too late,”

“We cannot afford to fail. If we act now; if we act together; if we act with vision and resolve, success at Copenhagen is still within our reach. But if we falter, the Earth itself will be at risk. This is the moment. Now is the time. For the planet there is no ‘Plan B’.” A new analysis shows that the world must begin a low-carbon industrial revolution by 2014 at the latest, or runaway climate change will become almost inevitable.”

“If we wait until later than 2014 to begin aggressively tackling the problem, we will have left it too late to ensure all the low-carbon solutions required are ready to roll out at the scale needed, if we intend to keep within the world’s remaining carbon budget.”


1 Comment »

  1. We need a proper debate of how to get politics back into the way society governs itself:

    Voting against Labour at the next election will not solve the deeper problems. Check the link out!

    Comment by Dav123 — October 19, 2009 @ 7:41 am | Reply

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