Mixed reviews follow the Copenhagen climate summit as our snow culture still faces dire threat

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 18, 2009 2:25 pm

Today marks the end of the Copenhagen climate change summit, and I think the question on everyone’s mind is: what did it really accomplish?

Several countries commented that they’ve reached a “meaningful agreement”, but it’s not enough to do any real good for the planet.

Whoopdee do.

Not to be so cynical, but why all the hoopla for something that resulted in nothing significant? President Obama called the deal a foundation for global action, but said there was “much further go to.” He commented that the US, Brazil India, China and South Africa have “agreed to set a mitigation target to limit warming to no more than 2C and, importantly, to take action to meet this objective…We are confident that we are moving in the direction of a significant accord.”

OK, that’s all fine…but I figured those kind of resolutions could have been deduced before the summit. I figured the point of the summit was how are we going to limit our emissions, and how are we going to limit more than we are right now? It seems like these countries all got together to have this conversation: “Guys, we’re screwed, let’s do something about it.” “OK, good idea. What should we do?” “Well, let’s not emit as many harmful emissions into the air.” “OK. Brilliant! Let’s do it.” “Great, let’s go to lunch.”

Perhaps we should take the other side for a moment. This was a historic movement forward in the acknowledgement of climate change, and the first real call to action the world has taken. It’s also supremely difficult to get anything done in a room full of political world leaders.

Maybe we’re being too harsh, but at The Ski Channel, we fear for our snow culture, and we were expecting a little more to come out of Copenhagen.

What do you think?