Copenhagen viewed from BC

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Pitiful as the American approach to Copenhagen is, it is far from the lamest, even among the English speaking countries. British Columbian environmental activist Tzeporah Berman talks about Copenhagen, the Harper government, and the curse of the tar sands with the Real News.

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3 Responses to “Copenhagen viewed from BC”

  1. artemis54 Says:

    And today Harper and Parliament got a letter asking them to step up to the plate

    . . . actual climate change impacts are overshooting even the worst-case scenarios that were predicted just two years ago.

    At the 2007 United Nations climate change in Bali, industrialized countries acknowledged the need to reduce their emissions overall by 25 to 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2020. To achieve this target, Canada must go beyond our current and insufficient domestic target of 2.7% below 1990 levels by 2020. Canada has both the means and historical responsibility to meet this necessaty target, based on our cumulative emissions and contribution to climate change to date.

    The letter is signed by over 500 Canadian scientists and the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, the Society of Canadian Limnologists, the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society (CARS-AFS), the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, the Canadian Society of Zoologists, the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics, the Entomological Society of Alberta, and the Canadian Quaternary Association (CANQUA).

  2. sisdevore Says:

    Convenient “scandal”:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8392611.stm

  3. artemis54 Says:

    Jane Goodall, who will be 76 in April, has been back in the US recently promoting her latest book as well as her Roots and Shoots program. I always feel that if she, knowing what she knows and exiled to a life in airport terminals in her seventies, can go on, no one else has any excuse. Her recent lecture at Georgetown U is most interesting during the question period, the last 20 minutes or so.

    Her discussion with Bill Moyers’ aired over Thanksgiving. She is at her best with an intelligent questioner. One thing struck me. As always, she credits Louis Leakey. But when pressed about her childhood – dragging earthworms into her bed at eighteen months, sitting in a henhouse for four hours at the age of four because she wanted to see an egg come out of a chicken – she credits her mother above all:

    . . . my mother never laughed at my dreams.

    We get a glimpse of Goodall’s spirituality too. It is something she doesn’t much care to discuss, but it isn’t hard to see that she is an animist, procaliming as she does that if she has a soul, so do cats and dogs. When she talks about the chimps doing a rain dance and contemplating a waterfall, she sounds very close to a pagan contemplation of the mysteries.

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