Wednesday, 23 September 2009

There's a crack in everything, and that's how the light gets in.


It’s so easy to give up hope.

Dolphins being slaughtered. Corporates lobbying to make sure the Copenhagen talks in December get sabotaged. Greenwashing. Hill top mining. Glaciers melting. Vedanta destroying Indian tribals. The sad state of rainforests. The list is endless and it grows every second with each ominous tweet from around the world.

It’s so easy to give up hope and get your soul crushed.

Then one day you find yourself in a taxi to the airport. You have been invited to the EJC Think About It blogging competition on Climate Change. You feel good being chosen to be a part of 90 odd bloggers and journalists from around the world. And rubbing your bleary eyes and trying to hold the hand of your crushed soul you arrive in Copenhagen.

And which is when things changed. I stopped living in third person and came to terms with myself.

The first evening I found myself in excellent company of some beautiful people. We talked about the Icelandic bank crisis, Bulgarian politics, India, China, Europe, America. And we enjoyed the story of Vihaar from Bulgaria who discovered, through National Geographic that his ancestors migrated from South India maybe a million years ago.

And the next day at the Bella Center something punched my lack of hope and made a huge hole in my dark cloud and the sun began to shine. I saw the young and the not so young. All full of passion for our planet. All questioning sharply. A debate raging on twitter as the speakers spoke. And tweets reaching out to the world. Far beyond the confines of the room. And I knew the answer to the question I asked myself: Will COP 15 at Copenhagen change anything?

The answer, no surprises there, may be a NO. Even as you read this, powerful lobbies are at work, stuffing governments with money and ill-logic. By December, all the selling and dealing will be done. And there will perhaps be no remarkable solution, no powerful legislation. Just empty promises.

Then why are we fighting?

Because Copenhagen is not about the government and not about the lobbyists. It is about us. 6 billion of us. It is about making each one of us aware and informed about the dangers we face as a planet. So we can say STOP to the industries and the businessmen and the governments.

That our climate is not their business.

There is no army, no government, no lobby in the world that can stop 6 billion voices. And that to me is what it is all about.

Bjorn got up at the end of the talk and said, alright we are going to the flash-mob to give a wake-up call to the world leaders. And we got up. With hope in our eyes. And a dream in our hearts.

TH!NK2 Climate Change is a 3 month blogging competition with a focus on UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) in December 2009. Some 90 bloggers from 43 countries, including all 27 EU Member states, India, China, Brazil and the USA, the world's biggest players in climate policy, will come together on the European Journalism Centre's thinkaboutit.eu platform, to exchange ideas and debate the issues of climate change.

This is my first entry for the competition. If you think what I wrote makes sense / doesn't make sense, please leave a comment on the TH!NK2 Climate Change site. Click here.

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