Did you notice the Irony? (# 6) UN Climate Summit

The last UN Climate Change Summit took place in Doha, capital of Qatar. By choosing this venue, did the UN wish to reward Qatar for its energy and environmental policies?

Qatar has by far the world’s highest output of CO2 per capita. Good choice. No wonder that delegates achieved nothing after getting chauffeured around from one air-conditioned building to another. More hot air was produced in a country that has enough of it already.

UN climate change summit Doha QatarThis is even more ironic than UNESCO’s choice of Iran as the venue of the World Philosophy Day in 2010.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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2 Responses to Did you notice the Irony? (# 6) UN Climate Summit

  1. And did no one find it just the least bit disingenuous that the cars that brought the “dignitaries” to this meeting were all stretched V-8 sedans or large SUVs? Nary a Prius or Chevy Volt to be seen – not even a rechargeable stretched golf cart, for crying out loud!
    I guess there were no coal-gas powered cars from WW2 available? ;)

  2. Lisa S says:

    More than ever, education is key….. Climate science has become a heated topic similar to abortion or debt crisis. As a hopeful future scientist who will specialize in climate science in relation to ecosystems, I have met a lot of people who misunderstand climate science because there was a really bitter cold snap one winter and they think ‘climate change’ is a hoax or over-hyped. While everyone has solution ideas, they often don’t REALLY follow the science or understand what it means (maybe these guys at the conference don’t really ‘get’ it??). ……….I don’t claim to know what it means other than a need for whole community life changes. This is happening slowly, but we really need people to consider how EVERY THING we buy, use, travel on or in requires resources that may be intrinsically expensive, meaning that the resources were valuable to the environment they came from or that the ensued destruction is devastating. There’s more to expense than money. I think about this when I buy laptops, cars, etc. As much as possible, I try to keep my footprint light and if I cannot do that, then I at least try to use the item until it actually dies and then recycle it. ….Just a note, I wish not to make anyone feel guilty for what they normally do in their day-to-day lives. I only would like to plant a lil seedling idea that materialism is not just an effect on your pocketbook and using natural resources can have negative effects on the other side of the country or world….. Thanks! I like your blog!

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