Saturday, November 07, 2009

Wind the clock

Conversations in the last two days at the Barcelona Climate Talks were all about the best way to rewind the Copenhagen clock.

The clock hasn't stopped ticking but it's losing a few seconds every minute or every hour. It's been the case for quite some time of course, but the fact that after Barcelona everyone knows this raises a tactical issue: Will civil society remain politically relevant in the coming weeks with a slogan "fair, ambitious, binding treaty now" which everyone knows can't be achieved in that time frame unless something extraordinary happens?

Repetition, repetition, repetition is okay for campaigning purposes. Yes, but as long as this approach does not prevent adaptation to evolving realities.

Maybe it is time to adapt the public communication to make sure the complex formula currently under consideration to secure that the Copenhagen legacy is at least a big step in the right direction can be understood by the general public even if there is no new treaty this year.

There is a nice user-friendly table on the BBC website, describing the main regional groups' positions.

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