For whom the bell tolls

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

“Ask not for whom the bell tolls”, since, today, it is for us, our children, and our childrens’ children for whom the bells toll across Denmark.

As Danish police assaulted peaceful climate activists, as fossil-foolish deceivers call climate activists Hitler Youth, as non-governmental organizations accredited to the COP15 face lockouts, and youth activists sit in protest inside the building calling for a FAB (not fabulous, but Fair, Ambitious, and Binding) climate treaty, Danish church bells tolled.

Today, the bells tolled for us.

Danish church bells rang 350 times (as did many around the globe) in a call for the international community, a call on international leaders to set themselves (and all of us) on a path to not just slowing the growth of CO2 emissions, not just eventually stabilizing CO2 emissions at some higher number than today’s levels, but actually striking a path to getting us back under 350 parts per million (ppm) of CO2.

(Quick reminder: for a million+ years, the earth oscillated between 185 (massive ice ages) and 285 ppm (world climate in which human civilization developed). Today, we are at 387 and already seeing serious climate disruption chaos. Once, the scientific community thought that we could safely stabilize at 450 ppm (and, maybe 550 ppm). Current trajectory (BAU — business as usual) and we hit 950 ppm or so by the end of the century. There is nothing being seriously discussed by the ‘major’ powers in Copenhagen that would stabilize us below 550 ppm, let alone get us back below 350.)

Will the world’s leaders heed the calls for action?

Will the world’s leaders heed the island nations’ pleas for assistance?

Will the world’s leaders hear the tolling bells?

Will the wold’s leaders wonder for whom the bell tolls?

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    • A Siegel on December 17, 2009 at 6:27 am
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  1. to have survived the past, i.e., any of their favorable mutations simply did not go extinct, so for any similar future challenges they become prepared.  Humans haven’t faced their own damned selves yet, as far as climate change goes, so most are unlikely to survive.  Any lucky survivors may well be slightly better adapted to survive in future generations.  Cognitive adaptation prior to the fact of physical extinction would be ideal, but I’m seeing big body counts prior to any such cognitive revolution.

  2. The worlds leaders, industrialists and ‘haves’ wont here squat till its to late for millions if not billions of people and untold numbers of other  species.  

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