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CLIMATE CHANGE FIASCO, 2012

December 8, 2012
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Tifón y muerte Filipinas

If you are incapable of admitting the problem, how do you expect to solve it?

–       Fernando Fuster-Fabra Fdz.

Spanish version: http://wp.me/pRlnf-7n

Every state has the right to defend its own interests but no single nation may exercise such right when it puts in peril the rights of all humanity. Such was the situation as talks drew to a close yesterday at the Climate Change Conference in Doha.

 

In December, 2010, I wrote: “Climate change? Who cares? …” https://fernandofusterfabra.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/kyoto-countdown-after-cancun/ just after the closure of the Cancun sessions that ended in a similar fiasco. Since then, 2 years have elapsed and world leaders have been incapable of reaching any agreement.

Typhoon Bopha, 2012

Typhoon Bopha, 2012

Meanwhile, the economic scene has worsened amongst those developed countries and/or zones that seem bent on blocking any solution to the dilemma of undeniable climate change all over the globe.

 

I again ask myself – Has the economic crisis anything to do with the powerful refusing to resolve the climate issue for their selfish benefit?

 

It brings us to the reflexion that the United Nations, as a body, is powerless before said superpowers in almost any issue these may veto. The result at the Doha event is the best proof of the U.N.’s uselessness at this time and date.

 

One problem after another in whatever sphere of action remains unresolved. Could it be that we are working with a wrong approach in our climate change problem-solving?

 

Fernando Fuster-Fabra

Barcelona, Spain    

 

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HAITI A YEAR AFTER

January 13, 2011
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Atletas Olímpicos de España / Olympic Athletes from Spain

 

Versión en Español –              http://wp.me/pRlnf-2V


Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.Michael Crichton

After the earthquakes that not only caused tragic death but left many Haitians homeless and hungry several world leaders and international delegations gathered at the U.N. General Assembly to state publicly their support for Haiti’s aid & reconstruction. There was consensus!

A year later, Haiti remains mostly in ruins moreover people have been struck with cholera, remaining as hungry and poor as before. Elections were held but still Haiti is lacking true leadership to fight for its survival amongst the nations that join it in plenary sessions at the U.N. headquarters. Meeting of scoundrels, as Michael Crichton put it?

At the height of the tragedy, one than one flamboyant world leader was in first line to appear in the headlines with his promises. Today, none of these have fulfilled their compromise to support Haiti’s return to a minimum decent life.

Had it not been for the NGOs operating in Haiti, I wonder if the death toll for both the earthquake and the cholera epidemic would have been worse. For them, Haitians do matter. For world leaders, Haiti is only an added burden in their crisis-menaced expenditures.

If the reconstruction was already supposed to take at least a decade, after this obvious indolence in contributing of the wealthier nations, I fear that Haiti will never regain its former level, already then amongst the poorest nations in the world.

Hay we lost all humanity and decency to permit this new ethical blunder?

Fernando Fuster-Fabra

Barcelona, Spain


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