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Do You Believe In Second Chances?

Published 06th October 2010 - 3 comments - 1334 views -

A day is a long time in politics - so they say. A year - well that’s almost an eternity.

The past 12 months have seen the words ‘climate’ and ‘change’ come together, provoke endless debate, and divide public opinion across the globe in an unprecedented way.

It struck me that we might be just a bit too hung up on COP15, what could and should have happened but didn’t. Perhaps, we are too hung up on the mistakes of the past year as a whole…

The question is; can we forgive, if not forget?

Can we forgive China for failing to take enough responsibility for its emissions?

Can we put the drama of Climate Gate to one side?

Can we accept that it is never going to be easy to deal with climate change?

And what I th!nk is the biggest question of all: Can we forgive world leaders for failing us all last December, and can we ever again trust them to do what the world needs them to? If the answer is no, what, I pray is plan B?

As BP’s new Chief Executive Bob Dudley valiantly tries to restore public confidence in the company since its oil spill in the gulf of Mexico, he promises they’ve learned the lessons of the past, and that they will come back ‘stronger and wiser.’ It’s not something I thought I’d hear myself say, but I hope to see the day world leaders take a leaf out of BP’s book, and I hope that day comes by day 1 of COP6, if not before.  

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