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Local voices on the Copenhagen Conference

Deborah Mcdermott in Monday’s Portsmouth Herald and Seacoastonline.com documents responses from a number of locals (including YEEC chair, Eric Hopkins) regarding the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place this week in Copenhagen.

Some samples, first from Jeff Gardner, Marshwood High School teacher:

My hope for Copenhagen is that it will inform the public about the real threat we face with climate change. Even if the chance of disaster was only 50 percent, would you put your grandchildren on a plane that has a 50 percent chance of crashing? This problem won’t be solved in Copenhagen; it must be solved by us.

From Sarah Brown, director, Green Alliance:

…One of my biggest concerns is that the U.S. will fail to recognize that this is the time to be investing in and incentivizing the clean energy sector — if we don’t do this now, the Chinese and Indian economies will grab that flag and it will be too late for the U.S. to catch up.

From Eric Hopkins:

…Personally, I think if we are ever going to get out of this mess, it will be through better technology that is cheap, clean and easy to distribute throughout the world. If I had one hope for Copenhagen, it would be a global agreement for the countries of the world to share their technological breakthroughs with each other. That might help us shift to a 21st century technology faster.

And from Steve White, Rye Energy Committee:

With the greenhouse gases we’ve put into the atmosphere so far, we’ve already committed the planet to significant climate change. I hope this climate change conference yields a commitment from the participants to implement aggressive and enforceable limits on emissions so further climate change can be minimized.

Read the rest of the story, Locals mixed on Copenhagen conference, in the paper or online.

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