Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Blogging Bali and Baird's ballyhoo



Local eco-activist Tzeporah Berman blogs the Bali conference and spars with Minister Baird over a beer. Some quick quotes :

"Shall we hold off having democratic elections until China does as well?"

"Tomorrow we'll be doing a press conference and panel discussion on Canada's forests here at Bali. There is a lot of discussion here about tropical forests but few people know that Canada's forests store more carbon than any other terrestrial ecosystem or that our logging contributes as much greenhouse gas emissions as all the cars on the road."

"It turns out that there is one thing to admire about Baird. His chutzpa. With full recognition of how disgusted some of the most committed and informed people from around the world are at him, he waltzed into the non-governmental groups' reception and had a beer. Obviously I couldn't pass up the moment. After debating the issues with him for half an hour I can safely say that the chutzpa is all I found to admire and unfortunately that alone is not enough to make a great leader. We live in a time that calls for courageous and thoughtful leadership. Talking to Minister Baird tonight was a little like debating Bill O'Reilly. You have to be quick and he is clever but he doesn't listen for a second and he is more interested in scoring points than actually leading."

Continue reading at Berman's blog or The Tyee

Update : Stop the Climate-Wrecking at Bali Avaaz Petition:

"We call urgently for the US, Canada and Japan to stop blocking serious 2020 targets for emissions reductions, and for the rest of the world to refuse to accept anything less."

Your name here

62,823 signatures in 12 hours so far......Thank you, Holly Stick

6 comments:

West End Bound said...

Talking to Minister Baird tonight was a little like debating Bill O'Reilly.

A depressing thought by itself . . . .

Trey said...

"Shall we hold off having democratic elections until China does as well?"

Well said.

Glad to see his hypocrisy coming into full bloom on international stage.

Gazetteer said...

Just a quick question for anybody with a physchology background.....

Where, exactly, does unchecked chutzpah end and full blown psychcopathology begin?

(hypothetically speaking, of course)

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Holly Stick said...

There's an online petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bali_emergency/

"We call urgently for the US, Canada and Japan to stop blocking serious 2020 targets for emissions reductions, and for the rest of the world to refuse to accept anything less."

If you sign it, they will send you email information unless you tell them not to.

Hat tip to BigCityLib who also inks to a wiki page about Avaaz organisation.
http://bigcitylib.blogspot.com/
(I wont put the link to that post because it's long.)

Holly Stick said...

Did you see, Alison, that Desmogblog has that leaked document now.

http://www.desmogblog.com/bali-leaked-canadian-documents-show-same-old-spin

Alison said...

Thank you kindly, Holly. Appended.

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