Friday, October 16, 2009

December Meeting to Address Global Warming Soon Approaching

Over 180 nations are due to appear in Copenhagen, Denmark to create an international treaty to slow global warming. Hopefully government's will work to set an example for their people by not only saying, but doing.

The December meeting of over 180 nations gathering in Copenhagen, Denmark to tackle the issue of global warming is fast approaching on the horizon. How exciting to see so many countries come together to fight for a better World. Each amid their own inner turmoils and issues pertaining to their own country, it is by looking beyond their immediate worries and uniting across borders that they come together for the greater good of not only our generation but for those following. The goal is to create a new international treaty in which each and every nation takes accountability for their own ethical consumption and take steps to preserve the Earth.

It's no coincidence that it is at this time that President Obama is pushing to build on the order that President Bush enacted to curtail America's excessive petroleum and water usage. That law was ordered back in January of 2007 but only just recently went into effect. Obama is now hoping to go one step further toward limiting pollutants by cutting back on the emissions from government buildings, fleets and even the drives to work of federal workers'. Thinking just how much less smog would be cast off is huge, considering that that would effect over 600,000 cars and almost 500,000 buildings.

Everywhere across the world in the countries that are planning to attend the convention in December, people have been taking their own steps to limit their consumption, drive less, and reduce their waste. Yet, compared to what big leading agencies were still churning out, the efforts of the people seemed almost like trying to patch an exploding dam with a little duct tape and glue. Reducing exorbitant amounts of emissions and energy needs to be addressed from the top down; not the other way around. How can a government expect to tout the benefits of limiting consumer usage with any sort of credibility to its people but then turn around and continue to be a black hole for energy? We all know that the best way to teach is to lead through example, and it's a big statement coming from the big man himself, saying that the American government will make more of an effort to adopt the practices it preaches to the masses.

In all honesty, the likelihood of Mr. Obama's proposal of requiring every government agency to report just how much they intend to cut back and issue a sort of 'target' amount, to be passed by the Senate in time to make the meeting in Denmark is slim, at least he can go in with ability to show other countries what kind of a model they can follow. Reducing such a significant amount of greenhouse gasses, as such a law would inevitably produce, when applied to the over 180 other nations also working to clean up their acts so to speak, would be monumental.

Of course the model for ethical consumption encompasses more than to just gas emissions from cars, factories, and the like, but as far as effecting the climate change it's definitely one of the key factors. There are plenty more topics to be hashed out between all the delegates, but in theory pushing the people of each nation to drive less and enforcing the governments of said countries to cut back, is probably more feasible than continuing to simply urge people to go without lights or enforcing they be more mindful to sort out their recyclables. Things like that,
while they are still important, are hard habits to impress, take time for people to adopt, and follow a more gradual reduction in waste over the long haul. While the 'little things add up', internationally, we've got to hit the big, blaring, problems first and work our way down from there.

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