nice posters - but ultimately this conference is a waste of time
1. nothing is legally binding
2. countries in the developing world are more interested in growth than in green targets - President Lula in Brazil is sitting on massive oil reserves in the atlantic, he has massive poverty in the favelas, and a middle class which likes its cars or he can be lectured to by the West on how to behave... go figure...
3. the automotive industry is on its knees and desperate for sales - it will lobby hard against higher taxes...
4. rather like the arms race during the cold war - nobody will cut their stocks until someone else does ie 'who blinks first' - everyone will point fingers and expect someone else to take a lead
5. who is going to determine emission targets? the UN? greenpeace? Obama? Sweden? East Anglia University?
6. who is going to enforce them? (see 5)
7. Congress has a frightening number of climate sceptics
8. it may already be too late
9. people may already have given up (see 8 )
10. who is going to pay for it all....
Interesting comments - nice one. I think a bit of healthy optimism wouldn't go a miss though. What else is there after all?
Like the posters too.
Agree about countries in the developing world being more interested in forming the next Empire than learning from mistakes.
It's still worth doing though surely? If the intent is true enough then change can happen.
However, I also think that people use modern politics and 'that stuff that happens on the telly over there' to absolve themselves of any personal responsibility. Our individual apathy, ambivalence and willingness to give away are power to governments is possibly the scariest bit of all.