This has never been more clear than it is today. For those of you who followed the Copenhagen summit for global climate change, I’m sure you’ll understand what I’m saying. Last December, the Presidents, Prime-Ministers, and dignitaries from 192 of the world’s 197 countries met in Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss the global climate crisis. [Ministers of five developing nations boycotted knowing full-well the resulting actions from developed nation's leaders.] As predicted, no substantial agreements were made at these very important meetings. Nothing substantial enough to counter the the effects of climate change. Nothing substantial enough for us to feel any pride for our leaders. Instead, the leaders of developed nations did exactly what many would expect they would do.
Stephen Harper, Barack Obama, Gordon Brown and many other leaders put more effort into protecting their economies than in becoming leaders of significant and necessary change. They sought for agreements in 2020, well into the distant future, and well past their reign of power.
The summit has resulted in the Copenhagen Accord, in which the leaders who have signed have recognized climate change to be one of the greatest challenges faced in our time. Unfortunately, recognition is not enough. We are way past the time for recognition. This is a time for action, as quick and drastic changes are needed. The Copenhagen Accord document that resulted from the summit outlines 12 proposed actions as set out in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change report (unfccc.int). However, this Accord is considered by many to be a rather vague document in which there is no accountability for any real or immediate actions. For many climate change activists, what is outlined in the Copenhagen accord is simply not enough, and many still consider Copenhagen to have been a failed opportunity that could cost the planet and its inhabitants dearly.