|Colombians contributing to global warming today.|
Sure, a few 'eco-cars' were displayed. But I've never seen one of these on the street. The real charismatic attractions were those pricey, sexy and sporty gas guzzlers.
|Bogotá's annual auto show probably put thousands |
of new cars onto the streets.
Colombia is said to be one of the world's most vlunerable countries to climate change. But as long as it's doing its best to dig up oil and coal and sell them to rich countries to burn, Colombia can hardly complain.
The French Embassy helped sponsor the Climate Change Summit. Perhaps they should talk to Air France, which is hawking weekend shopping trips to Barcelona and Paris. (And to me the Zona Rosa seems far away and pricey.)
This piece by The World emphasizes what a disastrous track the world's climate is on unless we make huge changes soon. But it also shows how difficult those changes are. The woman interviewed at the end, who has just suffered thru Hurricane Sandy, won't consider changing her lifestyle, because "We live for today."
The radio piece makes a parallel between society's responses to the evils of slavery and climate change. But slavery survived for centuries, or rather millenia, despite its obvious and immediate evils.
Very few people, even those of us who believe fervently in global warming, are willing to change our lifestyles today to prevent hurricanes, coastal flooding and immense crop failures and famines 50 or 100 years from now. We'd rather leave the cost to our children and grandchildren.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours