||Stephane Wuttunee was first published at 17, Plains Cree and French Canadian author and storyteller Stephane Wuttunee's writing credits include 2 1/2 years as a columnist for a national Native newspaper (THE WINDSPEAKER) and a book of short stories entitled FIRST FLIGHT - Tales Of The Nomad. Besides penning articles for Environment Canada and regional periodicals and newspapers such as The Nation and Alberta Sweetgrass News, he has also spent the better part of fifteen years toiling to create DREAMING THE PYRAMID. His website can be seen at: www.dreamingthepyramid.net. An experienced public speaker, Stephane has presented in schools and at conferences throughout Canada and the high Arctic, as well as in parts of New Zealand and Australia.
COP15 is the largest and most important U.N. conference to ever take place. Consisting of delegates from 192 nations, over 30,000 activists, hundreds of military and law enforcement personnel, and dozens of companies and conservation groups, it is nothing less than a politics and campaign driven sludgefest. Unfortunately, it will probably not succeed – at least not in the manner its organizers hoped for. Here are the ten reasons why (in order from the least to the most impacting):
10) Poor role models: It has been stated by other news outlets many times before, but it has been calculated that the Summit in its totality will generate three to four times more CO2 emission than some countries do in a single year. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing since uniting that many people in one place for that length of time takes tremendous organizational skills. Rather, it’s the hypocrisy of it. Why make CO2 the bogeyman when the very activity being participated in is pumping out surreal levels of CO2 to begin with?
I’ve been an environmentalist for many years. For years, I also thought I was an activist – until I met my first "real" activists out west in British Columbia. That’s when I realized I didn’t fit in. Instead of wearing hi-tech synthetics or exotic natural fibers, being vegetarian and knowing all about organic foods and the latest causes, I wore jeans and a leather jacket and sipped Pepsi and munched on Big Macs. When attending meetings and events, I was rarely approached. Instead, I was often met with sneers and looks of indifference. Talk about a wakeup call.
Note to environmental activists: the farther left you go, the more you’ll fly around in circles. Try to meet the rest of the world in the center – at least temporarily. It’ll help. It really will.
And while we’re on the subject of activists…
9) Confusing activism: COP15 is the very first international official gathering that has both activists and conference delegates equipped with the same agendas. Go figure. In other words, contrary to other conferences that had activists protesting against what went on behind closed doors, COP15’s delegates and its activists are all pushing for action on climate change. Therefore, unbeknownst perhaps even to themselves, activists in Copenhagen are actually supporters. But Lord help Copenhagen if talks fail and the crowds react…
8) Media wars: Bravo to the FOX News Network, as it was the very first North American mainstream media outlet to actively cover the issue of Climategate and the theories of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). CNN has since reluctantly jumped on the bandwagon and has at least tried to provide an objective perspective. NBC, BBC, and ABC score dead last with only cursory broadcasts. The real winner in terms of the media has been the alternative media and the hundreds upon hundreds of YouTubers and Bloggers. Of course, one has to consider that the reason why mainstream media was so reluctant to cover the climate scandal may be because of its close affiliation with government along with conflicting footholds in corporate and financial circles. Conversely, outlets such as Russia Today deserve high marks for consistent coverage.
7) Al Gore: Every cause has its front man. The climate change movement had former Vice President Al Gore as its cardboard cutout hero. Yet with a carbon footprint rivaling three families put together, Gore has single handedly discredited the entire popular appeal of the antiglobal warming movement with Climategate and his refusal to openly debate the topic. Surprisingly, despite actions against him taken by ‘We Are Change’ members during recent book signings, he decided to give his speech in Copenhagen after all. If Gore escapes heavy fines, the taking away of his Nobel Peace Prize and two Oscars - and perhaps even imprisonment in the aftermath of all this, he can thank his lucky stars.
As for President Obama, he would have been included in the list of top people on the topic of global warming, but the current Commander-in-Chief is scheduled to arrive in Copenhagen only on the last day of the Summit – almost like his attendance to this gala is but an afterthought. One thing is certain; with his recent Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, the pressure for him to sign anything in Copenhagen will be incredibly intense. Needless to say, some very clever ‘setting of the pieces’ must have been going on behind the scenes to ensure all goes smoothly and to the letter. One might even wonder if events are "spiraling" themselves into place.
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