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Syndicated: The Durban Platform: Progress?

In November and December 2011, I attended the United Nations climate change conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa.  I will be periodically syndicating my blog posts from other websites here on the Solution.  I’m doing this for two reasons.  First, I want an archive of my work here, on my site, under my name.  Second, as I will discuss in a forthcoming post, climate change is an animal rights issue.  I hope that Solution readers will be interested, therefore, in my commentary on the climate talks.

Over a month has passed since the last Friday of COP17 stretched on into a Saturday, then into a Sunday.  Personally, I have grappled with the issues raised by the Conference constantly, turning the outcome – the ‘Durban Platform for Enhanced Action’ – over and over in my mind, alternately looking for holes and seeking silver-linings.  At first I yelled at fellow youth delegates that the outcome was worse than Copenhagen; then, I identified several areas of progress; and, then, I swung slowly back towards my first view (but not all the way). Continue reading