The five stages of climate grief
the international community of climate change officials is going through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
The Kyoto Protocol had its last rites read in Bali in 2007.
At the Doha negotiations concluding this week, it was clear the fourth stage of grief, depression, was setting in. A number of countries, including Australia, did not send ministers. Many NGO booths were empty. Greenpeace did not engage in the usual shenanigans for the TV cameras. This was the smallest, quietest climate change negotiation in a decade. The mood in the conference halls was resignation.
The final stage of grief is acceptance. With luck that will inform the mood at the next conference in Poland in 2013