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Delegates in detention for skipping homework

June 5, 2009

Delegates in detention

“Delegates, repeat after me. I will reduce my carbon emissions by 40% by 2020.”

(The drone of mock delegates follows.)

Have delegates read their required reading–primarily the IPCC literature (PDF)–before attending the Bonn Climate Change Talks? The Young Friends of the Earth from across Europe don’t think they have, so they organized an mock detention scene outside the conference center. Participants donned the face masks of delegates or heads of state and sulked on the detention bench as their teacher instructed them by megaphone on climate change and renewable energy sources.

The teacher chanted slowly. Some mock delegates cooperated, but others were more ornery.

“And again repeat: I will not invest in coal or nuclear technology.”

“I will!”

“But the coal industry gives us so much money!”

Many delegates and NGO representatives walked by with a grin. The actions taken by groups like Friends of the Earth must be a nice break from the laborious meetings they go to every day. Other delegates walk by with hardly a glance. Apparently they find the meetings enthralling.

-Taylor

Mock delegate writes on chalkboard

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    June 5, 2009 6:24 pm

    Well, Taylor and Anthony, I assume neither of you is in detention for not doing your homework! Totally out of character for both of you unless, of course, Anthony still has trouble with the time zone change!

  2. June 5, 2009 9:31 pm

    What do they have against nuclear energy?

    • tcantril permalink*
      June 6, 2009 6:13 pm

      I didn’t ask. My guess is that they would argue that nuclear power produces radioactive waste, which isn’t necessary because other renewables are cleaner.

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