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Final blog post from EC correspondent in Copenhagen

Here’s the final installment of our series of blog postings from Copenhagen over the last week.

Here’s an extract:

“A global climate accord committing the world to no more than a two degree Celsius temperature increase was finally agreed Saturday morning.

This was despite the challenges that faced the proverbial cable car that UN climate chief Yvo de Boer had referred to this week.

Only on Thursday de Boer described the stop-start negotiations like a cable car that had made an unexpected stop but should now finish its ride smoothly.

Earlier on Friday, US President Barack Obama called for “an accord taking us further than one ever seen before.”

By Friday, the unexpected happened – the mountain suddenly appeared bigger as world leaders’ and delegations appeared radically split along North-South lines of developed and developing world responsibilities, accountability and transparency.”

For the rest of the posting, go to this link on the Ethical Corporation website.

1 Comment

  1. sunreda

    I never thought that Copenhagen would do jack. I don’t think that the governments are nearly as powerful an agent for world change around global warming as the corporations. It’s just a matter of efficiency and motivation. It’s why FedEx works better than the Post Office and why investing on one’s own reaps greater returns than social security. Government is too large and too differently motivated to evolve quickly enough to make a difference, something I think we’re seeing proof of at COP15. I see a lot of work happening in the private sector towards curbing emissions. I like what WWF is doing with their Climate Savers program: http://www.worldwildlife.org/climate/climatesavers2.html where companies volunteer to curb their emissions and set their own goals. Probably the most impressive of the Climate Savers’ efforts is JohnsonDiversey, who originally promised an 8% GHG reduction over 10 years (2003-2013), and just recently announced they are tripling that to a 25% reduction. I watched some of the Copenhagen talks by their CEO (http://bit.ly/jdaction) and they’ve taken it even farther in honor of COP15 – announcing they’ll assess a carbon footprint for all of their products and make that info public. I think if every business on the planet put forth the same effort it would create more change than government could ever dream of producing.

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