Monday, November 26, 2007

Bali climate summit

We've all heard about the upcoming summit meeting on climate change in Bali. Now I reckoned there might be a few hundred pols and associated hangers on, plus several hundred media teams, but this from The Times reports on what seems to have become a major international circus.

"Calculations suggest flying the 15,000 politicians, civil servants, green campaigners and television crews into Indonesia will generate the equivalent of 100,000 tonnes of extra CO2. That is similar to the entire annual emissions of the African state of Chad." Strewth!!

"Indonesian officials say the final tally could reach 20,000 — and fear it could stretch the resort’s infrastructure to the limit." "The preparations are acquiring the feel of a huge party, with the Indonesian government seeing it as a chance to revive Bali as a tourist destination".

Sounds like it's going to be one hell of a party. I hope they don't forget just what it is that they are there to achieve.

Addendum: (28/11)
Some of them could have fun getting there if they're flying via the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, as this from Associated Press reports.

Addendum 2:
But the Bali bash seems to have stirred some action into the Indonesian government as indicated by this report from Pravda. The trouble is, if trees are disappearing at the rate of 300 soccer pitches worth per hour, planting another 79 million of them seems to be rather too little too late.

1 comment:

Peter said...

Beat me to it!

A definite 'one for the pot' when it comes to all I loathe about waaay to many (not all) 'claiming' to be helping the planet when in fact they are doing anything but.

And the orgnaisers really need to look to themselves as to the kind of message this sends to those who may not see this as taking the issue seriously.

The quote I cut out ran something like 'if it was in Pittsburg at this time of year would they all have been so keen to come?'

Sad, sad, sad.

I, meanwhile, stay in a 50Euro 3* hotel next to the railway station (good for wakeup calls) and take the tram in or walk if it is not raining to persuade a bunch of 500Euro plastics-related guys the RE:tie isn't too much trouble.

Actually, and fingers crossed here, so far all pretty much have said it's a great idea... even the guy from Coke! Shame they have no packs in their rnage that can use it!