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  •  I relate to the emotional disconnect aspect (2+ / 0-)
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    koNko, boatsie

    and I'll repost my comment from last night. There are those who say that we don’t even need to talk about climate change at all, because the term is so vague and broad that it doesn’t mean much to folks, and I tend to agree. As someone who has deeply cared about our out of balance relationship with the earth for as long as I can remember, I’ve never quite connected with the "climate change movement." It’s not that I don’t care, but I just feel strangely alienated from it, because there’s nothing that I could do that I’m not already doing, safe for perhaps screaming, crying or otherwise freaking out. But me freaking out is not going to solve the problem either, so I just feel more grounded and useful living a simple life, treading as lightly as I can, and in the process connect with people, inspire and be inspired to slow the madness down. This doesn’t mean that these climate conferences aren’t important or that I’m not interested in them, I just try to keep a perspective on them, knowing that my emotional investments are more effective and seem to get much better returns in local, real life relationships.

    •  UNFCC is one thing (0+ / 0-)

      It is an importiant organization to facillite change and coordenate Aid, technolgy transfers, etc., but is not going to solve all the problems.

      I think part of the frustration people express about UNFCC is rooted in a misunderstanding about the role it plays and projecting expectations that are perhaps a bit misplaced.

      Ultimately UNFCC is an administrative body to coordenate work between nations and assist nations to do what they may be unable to do alone, and to pressure countries to make commitments they then must keep.

      It's a bit like you have 5 guys standing at the edge of a cliff who have agreed to dive down to a river below on the count of three. When you get to three, you have five guys at the top turning to each other. UNFCCC is supposed to chain them to gether and give them a push, and on the way down they have to prepare to meet the water or suffer the consequences, and that is where motivation comes into play. Until you jump'it's a bit theoretical, but the ones who have already jumped seem to be surviving so we hope the rest will see that and follow.

      Ultimately we have governments, NGOs, people and even companies who are going to get the work done, and they are all importiant.

      And people, communities, are ultimately where the decisions are made and the work gets done.

      It starts and ends with "me" and "we", what deisions we make and how we chose to live.

      And if we do well the emmotions are good.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 09:02:15 PM PST

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