Following the Bali Meetings this week has been tough-mostly because no major news source is giving it the time of day in America, when there are soooo many absolutely vital news stories to be covered here in the US.
Which is why we have Blog Rolls. Strategies for Sustainability is written by Georges, a graduate of the Swedish Masters Program in Sustainability and has loads of really well thought through things to say. Here is an excerpt from an excerpt from his blog relating us with some High Points from the final hours of the meetings:
And then the moment of truth: India presented the alternative text from the G-77+China. The essential point about this alternative text is that it takes into account “differences in national circumstances” amongst developing countries.
Portugal, speaking on behalf of the European Union, let the other shoe drop. “We support the proposal made by….India.” …Even the Saudis rose to say they could live with the G-77 text.
And then it was the turn of the United States. Assistant Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, with only the absolute bare minimum of diplomatic language, stated flatly that the United States rejected the changes. It was not prepared to accept the G-77 text.
Then occurred one of the most remarkable sounds that has perhaps ever been heard in the annals of international diplomacy–like a collective global groan–descending then to a murmur, then increasing in volume to a full-throated expression of rage and anger and booing and jeering, lasting for a full minute, so that finally the Minister had to call the meeting back to order.
(The Americans, with almost unspeakable rudeness, issued invitations to the next ‘major economies meeting’ on the first day of the Bali COP. Sort of like making a big show of announcing your engagement while at someone else’s wedding.)
Casting all diplomatic niceties to the winds, the representative from Papua New Guinea stood up and said: “if you’re not willing to lead, please get out of the way.”
Now if the American citizenry can just find the inclination to say the same!