Comments on: Staged protests aplenty at COP15 — Do they matter? http://blogs.reuters.com/mario-disimine/2009/12/09/staged-protests-aplenty-at-cop15-do-they-matter/ Mario Di Simine's Profile Sat, 24 Apr 2010 15:16:59 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Willnotsitdownyouth http://blogs.reuters.com/mario-disimine/2009/12/09/staged-protests-aplenty-at-cop15-do-they-matter/comment-page-1/#comment-46 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 11:34:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mario-disimine/?p=67#comment-46 As one of one of the young people who took part in many of the demonstrations at the Bella Centre, although I can entertain where Mario is coming from with this article, why should we- young people- just sit down and let the “adults” talk it over?

I’m 24, very aware of the above facts and by the time the world will see the effects of global warming hitting home, ie. 2050, I will be 65. These “adults” that were supposedly “talking” (and failed) at the conference (and will be long dead by then) were deciding MY future and your children’s future Defcon86.
Surely you wouldn’t want your children to just sit down, roll over and accept whatever these self-absorbed politicians decide?

Perhaps the actions that were organised could be construed as having been naive, interesting distractions but surely isn’t everybody sick and tired of the doom and gloom preaching?

Although I felt that some of the actions were slightly disorganised and sometimes lacking in clear messaging, as young people with no “adult responsibility” what else could we do? Well we got your attention didn’t we?
You then put us on Reuters, one of the voices that business (one of the actors that can help slow climate change) listens to and someone, somewhere must have looked at what we were doing and it might even have struck a chord?

If there is even the possibility that a CEO of a major global corporation looked at me in my silly pyjamas singing and thought, ah hold on, climate change- need to do something about that, then I’m glad I didn’t just sit down and let the adults talk.

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By: Defcon86 http://blogs.reuters.com/mario-disimine/2009/12/09/staged-protests-aplenty-at-cop15-do-they-matter/comment-page-1/#comment-23 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 10:03:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mario-disimine/?p=67#comment-23 Will their protest matter? Not in the long term.

Because the decision of Copenhagen will be based on practical reality and economics, not protests.

Because even if we manage to cut emissions by 50% within fifty years, Tuvalu will probably sink regardless.

Because cutting emissions will not reverse or stop global warming. It will merely slow it down.

The true question is whether the activists are even aware of the above facts? Or are their actions just the usual spontaneous acts spawned from short-sighted idealism?

Perhaps they should just sit down and let the adults talk it over? After all, the adults will be making the decisions. The young will just have to live with that decision, whether they agree with it or not.

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