Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen by Gia Machlin, December 07 2009, 1 Comment

Hans Christian Anderson

You may have noticed that I've been conspicuously silent since the Copenhagen talks started on Monday. I don't know if it's because I've had such strong emotions over this - mostly not positive - that I've kept to myself until I had something nice to say. Or if I just don't want to accept the frightening reality of it all. I have such fond associations with Copenhagen - not that I've ever been there - I haven't - but "Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen" was definitely a happy song around my house when I was growing up. We loved the movie Hans Christian Anderson and were fortunate enough to have had Danny Kaye as a guest in our house. We watched every Danny Kaye movie together, my mom and dad would dance around the house singing "Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen" and all was good in the world. The polar ice caps were pretty much the same as they had been for millions of years, it snowed and was cold in the winter, small island nations weren't worried about rising tides, and the term "environmental refugee" did not exist. OK - maybe things were not as rosy as I remember them - there was a little war going on in Southeast Asia, presidents, presidential candidates, and civil rights leaders were being shot, and there were separate public bathrooms for blacks and whites - so I'm not saying I would want to turn the clock back at any cost. But can you believe where we are?

You may have heard me rant about greed and big business and the haves and have nots. Just the other night my husband and I watched "Farenheit 911" by Michael Moore. I'm sure there are two sides to every story, and I did not take everything in the movie at face value, but it certainly did make a point: greed is the cultivator of evil. Well Copenhagen on the surface seems to be the epitome of the haves and have nots - the developed industrial nations that are the biggest contributors to global warming are the ones least likely to be affected by it while the small underdeveloped nations are bearing the brunt of our dumping. So the talks seem to be breaking down along those lines. How selfish can we be? Are we only going to start to care when our favorite vacation spots are no longer accessible due to the affects of climate change? The good news is that the world is waking up and realizing that there is a huge problem. The bad news is that global warming is happening much faster than we ever predicted. The even worse news is that greed is once more getting in the way. But what makes it so much more frightening is that with time we will all become the victims of this short sightedness. We are likely to see catastrophic changes on earth (that's our planet, people!) within our lifetimes, or at least in our children's lifetimes - WTF???? It's nothing new that big business and greed don't really care about the casualties left in their wake. But c'mon, this time the casualty is LIFE ON EARTH AS WE KNOW IT! Um, can we please stop thinking about our bank accounts and address the biggest challenge we have faced in the history of the human race?

Wow - I knew there was a reason I didn't want to go there....please excuse my rant. Hopefully something really good will come out of these talks. We must all make our voices heard that we DO care about our earth, about our future, and about the nations that are at immediate risk. Let's make sure everybody representing us in Copenhagen knows that we want to see the world come together to solve this problem, that we CAN take a moment out of our busy lives, out of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and implore that we stop this craziness, and turn the environmental clock back - back to a time when it snowed in the winter and my parents danced around the house.

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