Nothing More than Broken Glass

by Einar Du Rietz, Bonn

It certainly is more solemn here, than in Copenhagen, as most people as this conference persist in pointing out. I’m not complaining, and neither is the local community which this time seems to be spared from closed off traffic and broken glass.

The latter is instead provided by some of the few outdoor activists that are here. As a manifestation telling the politicians that “it’s time to pick up the pieces”. The symbolic broken glass (hope no one got hurt) is supposed to represent the results from Copenhagen.

Did anyone say desperate? Or trying to save face?

Did anyone consider that there might be reasons why the glass got broken in the first place?

Or might it even be admitting defeat?

Copenhagen has been labeled a fiasco by most sides. The politicians, who put their reputation at stake, the NGO’s who were closed out because of overbooking, the activists who were harassed and the police who could not keep things under control. Most blame China, and the Chinese suggest it’s probably the US’s fault. If anyone has ever tried to save face desperately, it’s certainly the IPCC itself.

Patching together that mirror will not make the picture less blurred.


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.