Co2 Emissions during the Copenhagen summit


A few days ago, i was outraged when i came accross an article on the telegraph that read “Copenhagen is preparing for the climate change summit that will produce as much carbon dioxide as a town the size of Middlesbrough”. A link to this article is provided below:

I can understand that it is a must for all these leaders to meet and discuss the issue of climate change in order to come to a decision on how to tackle the global problem but is it right to do so by contributing to the problem in the process? It is believed that over 15,000 delegates and officials, 5,000 journalists and 98 world leaders, will be attending the summit, and with them, 140 extra private jets are expected, 1200 limos have been booked with most having to be ordered from neighbouring countries and to be even more critical, Denmark is supposed to be a relatively low carbon country so why are taxes on hybrid vehicles so high? According to Ms Jorgensen in the text, among the executive vehicles ordered for the visitors, only five of them are electric or hybrid.

In my humble opinion, this should have been an opportunity for our leaders to prove to the world how commited they are in tackling the climate change issue (if in fact they are). Leaders of neighbouring countries for example could share a flight, they could maximise the use of eco-friendly vehicles, in fact i strongly believe they should make that step and use the latter in their day to day activities. Leaders lead by example not by force.


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