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Copenhagen - Climate Summit

Published: 18.12.2009, Updated: 03.03.2017
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First study this link from BBC Learning: Copenhagen Summit

 

Discussion

  1. According to most scientists there is little time left to preserve the balanced climate of our planet. What are you willing to do in order to make your life greener?
  2. Does a politician bear a bigger responsibility than you when it comes to saving our global climate from deteriorating? Why, why not?
  3. Why is it so hard to reach an agreement in Copenhagen? Give examples of conflicting interests between countries.
  4. Is it fair to ask developing countries to cut their emissions just as much as rich nations reduce theirs?
  5. Some suggest that we cannot afford to deal with the environmental problems now that we are in an economic recession. How do you view that statement?
  6. How can green politics create jobs?
  7. The UN General Secretary has warned that climate changes will lead to global conflicts. How can that be?
  8. Some maintain that the climate changes are not human made. What do you believe?
  9. What are the causes of climate changes according to those who dismiss the idea that it is caused by human activities?
 

Further research:

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There are many relevant sites on the web, so use the search engines as well.
Suggested words: climate, emissions, global warming and conference.

Film/Documentary

(Source: www.archive.org) The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055, looking back at archive footage from 2007 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Here is the trailer:

The film is available for download on http://www.spannerfilms.net/download  and on DVD.

 

Trailer - The age of stupide

 

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