Posted by: vickim57 | 3 October 2009

The road to Copenhagen… paved with good intentions? So what can we do?

Everyone, it seems, is counting down to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 7-18 December. In the first place, the Department of Energy and Climate Change is counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds. The US government is counting down. The Guardian newspaper – which would like nothing better than to be the media partner for the conference – has a lot of useful coverage in its own countdown to Copenhagen – shame it’s sponsored by Shell.

We have got used to the image of the ticking clock/timebomb. It’s meant to make us anxious and excited, to make us act quickly. It’s used to show a point of no return, such as the nuclear Doomsday Clock. It shows us how long James Bond has left to save the world in implausible films, for the countdowns to exciting events like rocket launches. But a ticking clock is seldom a good sign.

It’s the UK government itself that is calling this period ‘the Road to Copenhagen’. They have good intentions, but do their policies and principles mean that this is a road to hell or salvation? What do we think, and what can we do to make a difference?

The Vestas campaign has won support from environmental campaigners who know a lot about the environment, and labour movement activists with experience of organising working class people to fight for social justice. How can we marry these two fields of expertise?

Most of us involved with this blog believe that for real environmental progress to be made, ordinary working class people have to be involved in decision-making and in acting on environmental issues. In the run-up to Copenhagen we at Save Vestas hope to outline some of the main issues involved at Copenhagen, explain some of the terms, and explore more ways for environmental and labour movement activists to work together to make sure
(a) that climate change is stopped
(b) that it is done in a way that ensures social justice.

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