The bell tolls for what?
The scene: White House situation room - a pre-Copenhagen briefing
The agenda: the ice caps are melting, China and India don’t seem to care, oh, and at 12.18am AEST the bells on Sydney Town Hall will ring. Things are getting serious.
You’ve got to love local councils. In the spirit of that rash of “Nuclear-free zone” signs that went up in LGAs all over Australia in the 1980’s, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore this morning said the bells above her office would be sounded as part of an effort to remind world leaders of the importance of reaching a deal on climate change at the up-coming Copenhagen summit.
According to Oxfam, which has organised the co-ordinated series of awareness-raising events, the Lord Mayor will attend the Climate Summit for Mayors, which will run in parallel to the big show in December.
“The Mayor’s summit in Copenhagen is an important opportunity to highlight the central role cities play in reducing global emissions and to show our national government the practical steps that can be taken now,” Moore said in the Oxfam press release.
The time for today’s bell ringing - 12.18pm - was chosen because the key date at the talk-fest is the 18th of December.
Now I’m a Clover fan. I live in her council area and she’s big on making it a better place for residents.
But as I’m sitting here this morning listening to the news there’s a growing likelihood the Copenhagen summit will come to naught - something about this bell ringing caper got under my skin.
Maybe it’s just because it’s Monday morning. Or maybe it’s because Oxfam and Clover Moore think the rest of the world needs “waking up”.
In Melbourne they’ve organised a caricature of Kevin Rudd “with an oversize glass fibre head and wearing pyjamas” to be asleep in a bed sitting in the shallow waters of St Kilda beach. Apparently some school kids are going to “wake him up” to climate change today. Clever? No not really.
Serious people are thinking seriously right now about how to reach emissions targets in Copenhagen, which most of us now know is more than just where Princess Mary lives.
Kevin Rudd is in the US talking to every man and his dog about it. Silly stunts are not going to help.
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