Once you get here, it isn’t that expensive, because there is so much free stuff. For delegates, all the public transport is free (buses and subways are mostly honor system anyway — a few random conductors roaming to check tickets and keep the system honest). You can eat quite well just by attending receptions. You can sleep overnight in the Free City of Christiania. We withdrew a hundred dollars at the airport ATM last Friday and we still have most of it, although we have to acknowledge the kindness of our hosts has been a grace bestowed.
Our audio recording of Sr. Chittister is downloadable from The Great Change.
“Our creation is a procession of stages. Humanity outranks the universe. It is considered moral that we put our needs above the needs of all others. We teach that man is the crown of creation. We teach that God planned the world for man. We teach that Man is given nature for his use — a free lunch of enormous proportions. Humans are above nature, beyond nature. Its an incomplete, very partial world view, but tidy and simple. Those that lack the power to dominate the resource become the resource. Other sexes, other races, other cultures. Nature has no purpose except to serve civilized man.”
Our audio recording of Sraddhalu Ranade is downloadable from The Great Change.
“Its exactly like the way we make a New Year’s resolution. The first days its so easy. We feel the commitment when it happens. And after that we have to force it by our will, by tricking ourselves into staying with it. And then we fall off our commitment and don’t even remember we made it. We go through a lapse until the next year, when we re-develop the resolve.
“There are a few more prophecies I will mention. About a thousand years ago there was a great Sufi saint who said 1000 years from now when man first steps on the moon, Islam will rise to its peak and then vanish altogether. And about 500 years ago there was a mystical pope who predicted that the pope after the one we have now will be the last. Within the Tibetian Buddhist tradition it is said that the 14th Dalai Lama will be the last. When the 14th Dalai Lama was asked if this is true, he said, ‘It is possible.’
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- An ideal outcome — a legally binding agreement. Details to follow.
- Two-stage scheme. The COP adopts a resolution on the mandate and sets a date for completion of the legal agreement with a detailed description of its structure and content (without brackets). A package of urgent aid measures is approved for developing countries most at risk.
- Postponement. Work in frames of the AWG KP (ie: updating the Kyoto protocol) continues but the AWG LCA (Kyoto’s successor) becomes a debating club. Anyone not included in Kyoto (China, India and most of the developing countries) would remain outside the system of monitoring and verification. Conditions will force the process back on track after 2010, but much time will have been wasted.
- Imitation of a decision. No legally binding resolutions, just a formal acknowledgement of voluntary efforts. Some pledges are honored, some are not. The world does not move towards legally binding obligations to reduce emissions by 50% by 2050. Revisiting this later will be harder because it will be shrouded with an aura of finality.
The Climate Action Network began giving out its Fossil of the Day awards. Monday’s top prize went to the Annex F (industrialized) countries “for their deficit of ambition.” Second went to Sweden, Finland and Austria for proposing a cook-the-books approach to forest credits. Third went to Canada for Environmental Minister Jim Prentice’s statement that his nation “won’t be swayed” by Copenhagen.