Vital UN climate negotiations start in Bali

Feature story - December 3, 2007
It’s said that a week is a long time in politics. The burning question is whether two weeks is long enough for governments to finally wake up, smell the carbon and confront the biggest problem facing the world. We say yes! It's time for governments to take action on global warming.

Here it is plain and simple for our governments; stop bickering, put aside your differences and come up with a clear mandate so negotiators can go full on over the next two years to make deep cuts in global warming pollution. And make sure that the long-neglected issue of ending deforestation is firmly in the mix.

Real action for global warming

For years, governments have let us, their citizens, down by failing to get to grips with the problem. They've left us increasingly exposed to the biggest threat that civilization has ever faced. Before things get totally out of control, governments have to get down to business in Bali. It is time to act on the basis of the alarming scientific findings about climate change that they themselves approved at the IPCC meeting only a few weeks ago. They agreed that global warming can be slowed down using means already at our disposal or just around the corner. So let's finally see some real action for the global warming.

Without serious cuts in global warming pollution, the future will be more frightening and insecure than we can imagine. And it's no longer the dim and distant future we're talking about. We are into the realm of IMTO - "In My Term of Office."

Now major global corporations are at long last viewing action against global warming as a growth opportunity and calling for legally-binding commitments from governments. It's the secure framework they need to put big bucks into solutions, even if many companies still have to put their own house in order.

Two weeks is a short time for a political turn-round. But it can be done. Although not a single gram of carbon will be cut nor a single sapling saved as a direct result of Bali - for these are talks about talks - without agreement there, governments may well have lost the opportunity of ever putting the brakes on global warming.

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