Deadlock in Durban

A farmer carrying plantain from his garden. It is a staple food for many Ugandans.

While everybody knows the science behind global warming, to a polished few it is very much still a mystery, ‘the true source’ of this problem.  Why? Well, how true is it that the developed nations produce the bigger percentage of emissions? This is a valid question. Also how do you determine what percentage agricultural activities contribute to Greenhouse gases? These are baffling questions even for the experts who compiled the data. That i think explains for the refusal, so far, of developed countries to renew the 1997 Kyoto protocol. This refusal(negotiations are still going on in Durban, South Africa) on the part of developed countries has ruffled the feathers of representatives from the developing countries who are seeking to have the protocol renewed/extended as a way to retain earlier commitments to reduce emissions. The developed world does not wish to be bound up in these agreements even as statistics continue to show that we all face a bleak future of apocalyptic proportions if we do not act. But who cares and whose world will it be when that time comes anyway?

I bet you we will not miss the well until we have dredged it’s bottom for the last drops of water. Meanwhile as we squabble and maneuver to disengage ourselves from shared mutual responsibility, the world will keep turning. Life will go on for sure. Everyday the sun will rise but it will do so as a red ball of unbearable heat. When the rain falls it will wash away the crops and topsoil stratum. Then we will stare at the horizon. Perhaps then we will think of a distant disengaged God’s indifference to our plight.


5 responses to “Deadlock in Durban

  1. JM thank you for your comments. It is the reality of things nowadays, so many people out of work yet there are bills to be paid and obligations to meet. Anyways, i want to say to you hold on it will become better with time hopefully. Take care.

  2. Thank you for the information on the meetings in Durban on climate change.

    In response to your question about California, it is very beautiful here. I was born here, and I don’t want to leave. But we have the highest unemployment rate in our country. I am an unemployed teacher.

    We crowd our students into classrooms, and hire the cheapest, least experienced teachers, because there is so little funding for schools. We don’t want to pay the taxes that are necessary to support our quality of life. The capitalists suck the middle class dry, and we let them.

    Many people are suffering, but as a group we are spoiled and selfish. We have so much, and we don’t take enough care of what we have.

    I hope you get a chance to visit here again!

  3. Bkatende, thanks for the updates from Durban. Developed countries undoubtedly contribute to the greatest pollution on the planet. However, this should not distract us from the fact that developing countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, in their quest to become more industrialized, are now contributing a lot to environmental degradation.

    This is being exasperated by the economic decline in the West that has seen most of their multinationals already relocating to set-up shop in developing countries. With the renewal of the Kyoto Protocol, we will be forced to focus on the present and future implications of our actions or lack thereof, which is a step in the right direction.

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