I just finished reading The New Climate Deal: A Pocket Guide, which was put together by the WWF to help people understand the importance of the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen. It’s a 40-something page long overview of the issues, the politics, the science, and the hope that some decent climate deals and plans might come out of the talks. There are a couple of things that I really liked about the report:
- It was global in perspective and didn’t just focus on North America
- It didn’t just talk about what WWF wants governments to do. While I am sure that it didn’t discuss all possibilities, it did give a general overview (and the pros/cons) of a lot of possible solutions.
- It provided the reader with a lot of good basic background (the climate change issue and what it means, etc.) to so that it was easy to understand what they are talking about when they get into the nitty-gritty and start explaining various potential programs or plans.
Granted, it’s not really what I would consider a “pocket guide” and it’s probably a bit lengthy to reach the masses, but it’s full of space filling graphics and reading just the first 15 pages could help people understand why we should care about their governments’ stance on the issues.
I wish I wasn’t so damned pessimistic about Copenhagen, but it’s hard to feel hopeful when you have the Harper government ruling the country. I would not be the slightest bit surprised if Harper’s people stalled, resisted and push away as much as humanly possible. Which sucks. We have a climate issue and we need to do something about it. I know that a lot of countries are trying to make changes and some are even committing to big changes (7 are committing to being carbon neutral by 2020-2030), but I suspect that I will be embarrassed to be Canadian at the end of it all.
If any non-Canadians are reading this, I apologize in advance for any stupidity coming from our Copenhagen delegates and please understand that they really DON’T speak for all Canadians. Some of us … a lot of us want to make the changes necessary to make a difference.