"The thing that blows my mind is that we spend so much money on feeling good," says author and activist Bjorn Lomborg about "feel-good" environmentalist measures like recycling and wind turbines, "I would like us to do stuff that actually works."
That speech ought to be the topic of an entire debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney come this fall. But far too many people, too many progressives among them, are silent about climate change. Even if they accept its reality, as most do, they see it as a side issue. Something either too big to handle or for which there is no solution. At least not one for which they are willing to radically alter business as usual.
Conference billed as a 'once in a generation' opportunity for global sustainability expected to end with a whimper not a bang
When one of the most exciting developments is informal co-operation between NGOs and some big business on strengthening corporate accountability, it is not surprising that some are questioning the UN's credibility.