Well, the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth is now over and its success is being dissected by participants from all corners of the globe. I've been talking with fellow participants from North America, and have learned something important.
There is a climate change campaign that (to not name names) is named after a number between 349 and 351. If I understand correctly, this number was chosen because a climate scientist was asked how many parts per million of carbon dioxide could ensure our survival, and off the cuff he mentioned that number between 349 and 351.
Now, you remember that Upton Sinclair quote from An Inconvenient Truth? "It's difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends upon his not understanding it"? Well, there are lots of people now so tied into this campaign that promotes getting down to between 349 and 351 ppm that they cannot conceive of — and refused until the last minute here at this conference to support — setting an even lower target of 300 ppm, which is part of the official position of Bolivia.
Imagine coming all the way to Bolivia and not supporting Bolivia's position, which is the only one backed by the science and the only one presented to date that has any hope of safeguarding our future — and not wanting to publicly back it simply because your campaign is already in place. What a betrayal! What a lack of compassion for those who are going to be devastated first by climate catastrophe!
This admittedly highly successful social media campaign has become such a brand that its proponents are not willing to let it go. Are they willing to sell out future generations so that they don't have to use their imaginations and creativity to "rebrand" their brand and start calling for 300 ppm (or even pre-industrial levels of carbon dioxide)?
It was a lesson for me in the importance of being open to what's right, instead of what's easy. Which I suppose is what our whole climate change fight is all about!