There is no profit to be made on a dead planet.
Conversations host, Michael Stone,
to Report from UN’s Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
December 5-18, 2009
In December, Conversation’s host, Michael Stone, will be heading to what has been described as “the most important diplomatic gathering in history.” The outcome of these meetings between representatives from close to 200 countries will likely determine the future of life on this planet. Current expectations for a viable consensus are low, but intense public pressure is being placed on the world’s leaders and governments. You are encouraged to join in what Paul Hawken has called, the largest movement in history, by contacting your elected leaders and letting them know how you want them to represent you and the children of future generations.
Three years ago 87% of the US population believed that climate change was a problem, today only 57% hold this view. How can this be with approximately 95% of the scientific community agreeing that we are rapidly moving into the sixth mass extinction on earth, and this one is man-made. In what could be called, the greatest crime in history, billions of dollars has been spent on promulgating propaganda and disinformation generated by a small group of corporate self interest groups creating confusion around the issue. The mainstream corporate media, like Fox News, has perpetuated the problem. This is why it is so important to support community radio like KVMR.
The United States did not ratify the current international climate treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, adopted in 1997. The US is under intense international pressure to commit to viable emissions reductions. We are the second largest greenhouse gas emitter, which is considered to be the primary contributor to global warming. With 4.5% of the world’s population, the US spews out over 36% of the worlds carbon dioxide emissions. In contrast, China with over 20% of the population, is now running neck in neck with us in the pollution race. The lowest polluters on the planet are the ones who are being heavily impacted by the richer industrial countries… Copenhagen represents an opportunity to do what is right, but it will take a massive public outcry.
The current consensus in the scientific community is that we need an 80% reduction in Carbon emissions by 2020. That’s right! Sound impossible? Actually, we have all the technology and tools available to do just that, what is missing is the collective will to generate a massive coordinated effort like we did in World War II. We converted our factories to produce tanks, weapons and aircraft to defeat the enemy. In this war we are our own worst enemy and we need to make friends fast. We cannot blame our political leaders because they have not been given the mandate by us. We have a president who understands diplomacy and alliance building, but without raising our voices we will continue with business as usual, until there is no business, because we have destroyed the very earth that clothes, feeds, nourishes and sustains all life.
I hope you will listen to our daily newscasts from Copenhagen and follow my blog on www.KVMR.org and www.AreWeListening.net (if you go to this website you can listen to the interview with Janet Larsen from World Watch Institute and When Technology Fails author, Mat Stein, for a clear plan on how we can turn things around.
Remember, we are all in this together. The time for bickering is over. It is time to get informed, get connected and act! Thank you for your co-creation of what Joanna Macy and David Korten have called the Great Turning toward an earth friendly world.
CONVERSATIONS, hosted by Michael Stone, brings you leading edge thinkers in the areas of Environmental Restoration, Evolutionary Cosmology, Social Justice and Spiritual fulfillment. We look for positive solutions to local and global issues that leave you touched, moved, and inspired to action. Our weekly guests include local and global experts and concerned citizens working together to heal the wounds that separate, alienate, and marginalize people… You can listen every Tuesday at 1pm