the new dark ages in copenhagen

I’d actually held some hope for meaningful change brought about by the discussions in Copenhagen this month. But everything I’m seeing and reading lately sounds like it’s pretty much just political greenwashing and crushed peaceful protests.

Elizabeth May has been blogging from Copenhagen (see comments by Hugo Chavez – who would have put him in the role of speaker-of-truth? – and Prime Minister Zenawi of Ethiopia – a country that has committed to carbon neutrality by 2025, not just a slight de-escalation to 2006 levels). Things don’t sound good. Non-G8 nations are super-pissed about the lack of transparency, and about the non-democratic nature of the whole process. And they have every right to be super-pissed. We all do.

Canada’s contribution is pretty impressive. The Calgary morning papers are blaring in large type that we’re going to be OK – there will likely be concessions to allow the Alberta Tar Sands to continue relatively unchecked. Whew. Thank Xenu, we won’t have to slow development of the single dirtiest source of atmospheric carbon on the planet. That’s the kind of change we can hope for here in Canada. Screw the rest of the planet, we need our oil! Actually, screw Canada, too, because much of the north half of the country is about to melt. But that’s OK. There aren’t many white people up there, so it’s an acceptable loss. Or something.

Kris Krug is there covering the talks with Press credentials. His photos are incredible, frustrating, and scary. I hope there is more going on than back door deals, but I fear that’s all we’re going to get.

And this cellphone video of the stellar treatment of peaceful protestors. Batons ready!

It’s not like this is the first time peaceful protests have been squashed, either.

6 thoughts on “the new dark ages in copenhagen”

  1. I think Harper and the Conservative government are doing a great job representing the interests of those who put them into power – the oil companies. Steven Page (yeah – *that* Steven Page) had a great observation yesterday on Twitter – ““If child labour was integral to Canada’s economy would Harper/Prentice protect it at the expense of our values? Seems so.“.

    I like to think that if the opposition parties decide it’s time to force the election, there would be some changes in government and in national priorities. But I’m not holding my breath waiting.

      1. Man I love Holmes, he’s such a sincere guy and fixes everyone’s houses… I am sure with the right tools he can have the environment right back up there functioning as it should for years to come! Just need to contract the job out to Zenu and we’ll be good to go!

  2. i was looking at your photoblog and i am somewhat inspired, it’s actually pretty cool to have a picture a day for multiple years, really puts ones life in perspective.

  3. Here’s Steven Seagull going on about the environment and big oil, even threw some native people in there for good measure:

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