Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day is Nice, Now We Need Government Action on Climate Change, in Copenhagen And Beyond

Blog Action Day this year takes place on October 15, 2009. It deals with the core topic of this blog, climate change. It's great that thousands of bloggers as well as some companies, NGOs and Governments are blogging and Twittering about climate change. But it would mean nothing without concrete, binding targets to reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and fast. To their credit, the Blog Action Day folks have collected some great links to organizations and campaigns that are trying to prod the world in this direction. Check out the "Take Action" tab on their site.

The Copenhagen Conference (December 7-18, 2009) may be our last, best chance.
But a wise person (Aesop? Lou Holtz?) once quipped,
"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
In fact, UN Climate Chief Yvo De Boer has recently warned against a "half-baked climate deal":
"'The time for speeches is over' before final negotiations in December, he said. 'Our planet is being plundered and pillaged on an unprecedented scale.'

"De Boer said the EU, China and Japan are taking needed steps to prevent climate change, but other countries must do better."
I bet he's looking at you, Canada!
"Canadian position prompts walk-out by developing countries at climate talks"
(Story: CP, via Buckdog)
Our country better smarten up, and quickly. There is too much at stake, and no time to lose.

2 comments:

Canada said...

Here’s my post for Blog Action Day:

http://selfdestructivebastards.blogspot.com/2009/10/wake-up-humanity.html

Everyone else go make one too! And yes, Canada needs to do much better!

Sara Falconer said...

Hi! I just created a new online discussion page on our site in conjunction with our Oil and Ice Tour. Two award-winning Canadian authors, Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands) and Ed Struzik (The Big Thaw), are touring the country to talk about climate change in the Arctic and other related issues.

It would be great if you could contribute to this discussion. For example, I am asking visitors to watch the video "Arctic in your backyard" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IFCzdvjW_k and comment on it.

You'll find the page at http://wwf.ca/discussion. Hope you'll be able to make time to participate!

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Sara Falconer | Social Media and Online Communities Specialist | WWF-Canada