1. Let Copenhagen's story of hope continue
If the world is to save itself from the undesirable consequences of global warming, all countries must work together now to reach a climate accord out of hope, not out of hard but usually short-sighted political calculation.
The need for action still prevails for a simple but significant reason that there is no plan B for Copenhagen because we do not have Planet B. No matter what evidence you may find against the necessity of taking immediate and drastic action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the danger of inaction far exceeds that of over-reaction in the face of the indisputable long-term trend of global warming.
A key reason why the US has so far shirked its obligations in combating climate change is domestic worry about the cost that may be imposed on its economy. Yet the problem is that either such calculation is hijacked by industries of vested interests or it fails to analyze cost and benefit from a developmental point of view. The additional cost for some specific industries is often exaggerated compared with the overall benefit of a low-carbon economy for the country. And, the fight against climate change is a story of development for both poor and rich countries. Any economy that refuses to adapt to the low-carbon future will only be futureless. In this sense, as one speaker at the forum put it, those who fail to fulfill their emission cutting targets will only be punished by themselves.
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By choosing Copenhagen to be the city that will witness the climax to two years of international negotiations over a new global climate treaty, mankind has signaled its willingness to transcend domestic interests to act as one in saving their own planet. Don't let down the Little Mermaid that sits on a rock in the Copenhagen harbor. Some years later, when our children and children's children are told the fairy tale of the Li