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Should We Wait Until 2020 to Take Action on Climate Change?


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Unless this is the first thing you’ve read on Batshite, you probably already know my answer to the above question.

But the United States is one of several countries now pushing for such a delay at the international climate talks being held in Durban. The proposal, put forward by the US, calls for the postponement of any binding international agreement on climate change for at least eight years.

The talks conclude in less than 48 hours, so if we’re going to prevent this we need to move now.

37,201 people from around the world have already signed the petition over at If you agree with me that procrastinating climate action amounts to species-wide suicide, then I hope you get over there and add your name.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/09/2011 11:19 AM

    And after those eight years have gone by, they’ll propose another postponement, just you wait…

    • 12/17/2011 12:21 AM

      I read an interesting article recently that asked when our Pearl Harbour moment will be in relation to climate change. The idea being, I guess, that it will take a lot of devastation before we actually see nations acting in concert to reduce emissions.

      Of course, it’s hard to prove any given natural disaster was caused by climate change. So, would such a moment be possible?

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