Here We Go Again

by Einar Du Rietz

It’s strange. Once again, a UNFCC conference coincides with a natural catastrophe.

As usual, the delegates and the NGO are lining up for another preparatory meeting in Bonn. If they can, that is, as another volcano erupted on Iceland and – though it seems calm today – disrupts flight to, in particular, Germany.

As all sensible people know, and as I’ve been writing before, a volcano is not man made, it’s a dangerous force of nature. This will not hinder the people in Bonn from pondering over the sign of Armageddon and that maybe, after all, it’s natures revenge for CO2 emissions.

A striking observation is that in the media I’ve been able to follow the past days, in Belgium, Sweden and international press, the focus is entirely on the effects on – especially – air traffic in continental Europe and cross Atlantic transports. Anyone heard from the Icelanders? My friends there are rather sturdy people, so you mostly get rather rough jokes, but it’s no joke living in the shadow of an erupting volcano.

A good idea for the idealists going to Bonn, (presumably taking the train) is to skip the conference and go as a cleaning patrol to Iceland. If they are serious about the environmental mission that is.


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.