Let’s Relax For A Minute

by Einar Du Rietz

Sometimes, just having fun is the best option

The Copenhagen process, or what has become the official name, is strolling along. Most countries (read: politicians) have signed the no-one-knows-really-what-to-call- it document, though some after deadline. Reviving Kyoto is still on the table, recently half heartedly suggested by the European Union (read: a bunch of politicians from countries with different agendas).

At the same time, the UN (read: even more people with different agendas) has decided to let new people have another look at the IPCC report that was the official document before the above mentioned became desperate to at least take some action. Before it became apparent that the report in many aspects was flawed. No one suggests it was altogether wrong.

The scientific work is starting – hopefully – all over again. The political game continues as if nothing, really, has happened.

In real life, people are constantly, sometimes more seriously confronted with choices. Make a huge investment? Buy  a house? Get married? Buy a dog?

Most often, these choices deserve some consideration. If on top, you discover that your bank man might not really be your best friend, or that maybe there’s something fishy about the kennel, you might want to reconsider. Or at least check out the facts. It might, after all turn out that your suspicions were wrong and you can get that dog you dreamed of.

These issues don’t affect millions of people unknown to you. There is a slight difference between forcing the rest of the world to adjust their life styles, pay billions for your projects and risk famine And risk having to apologize for a barking dog.

Hey my environmentalist big wig friends and whomever, let’s just sit down and take a deep breath. While waiting for the cleaning up to be finished, we could have a coffee, chat about other matters or, why not really continue the discussion! It’s not a game, so please don’t start throwing in your bets.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.