Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Inspiration before Copenhagen

On the 50th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, and on the eve of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, Greenpeace has produced a truly inspirational video featuring my Varda Group colleague Kelly Rigg who was the coordinator of the Greenpeace Antarctica Campaign in the 1980s and early 90s.

If a handful of people were able to protect the Antarctic continent at the time, the contemporary mass movement to protect the climate should manage to be heard, says (in a nutshell but with nicer words) Kelly in the video. When we first called for the Antarctic continent to become a World Park, reasonable people thought we were wasting their (and our) time. Until a moratorium on Antarctic minerals exploitation was adopted (the Madrid Protocol of 1991). What was deemed impossible and unrealistic only a few years earlier had become law.

In Copenhagen, Life is in balance. It shouldn't be so hard to make it again.

Click here to watch and share the video.

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