Last year's United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen was absolutely vital to the future of the world's climate. The Summit took place from December 7-18, 2009. On the brink of runaway climate change, it is time for world leaders to lead, and set us on the path to a low carbon economy.
But that's not what happened in Copenhagen. Read our coverage of the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen.
It's pretty simple: To avoid runaway climate change, the world needs to quit its addiction to fossil fuels like oil and coal and stop destroying forests.
Climate conferences come around every year, but Copenhagen was the big one. At Bali in 2007, governments pledged to nail down an agreement to save the climate by December 2009 in Copenhagen. At Poznan in 2008, they kept on talking about it, but failed to shape a deal that would make the real cuts.
Meanwhile, temperature increases, global emission rises, and loss of ice at both the Arctic and Antarctic have all overshot scientists’ worst case scenarios.
The extermely slow progress on climate action increased the pressure to deliver in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, our world leaders left their job undone. But we are undeterred, and will be there in Cancun, Mexico in 2010 to remind world leaders of their duty to stop runaway climate change.