Here is an interesting read. Canada's Environment Minister, Rona Ambrose, is saying much the same things that I have been thinking about the way the climate change debate has been paralysed over Kyoto, and "polarized by skepticism and political ideology." What's missing from her speech, of course, is an acknowledgement of what real action on climate change would mean in the lifestyle of individual Canadians. I can't blame her - she has votes to keep. But there are hints in her speech that it is up to all of us.
More importantly, by presenting climate change as an urgent challenge requiring a global solution, she and her government have taken an enormous step forward: they have moved beyond discussions of the science (whether it be skepticism or cheerleading) and focussed on what we are going to do about it. If the debate now focusses on what is being done and how much (or little) difference it will make, the challenge to us as individuals will become increasingly clear.
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