As expected, the recently-concluded climate talks in Cancun, Mexico ended without accomplishing much. Making headway in global climate meetings is a tough row to hoe. From COP 15 in Copenhagen — remember that fiasco! — to COP 16 in Cancun, ”can’t do” seems to be the order of the day rather than ”can do”.
Onward to COP 17 in Capetown in late 2011.
Meanwhile, the Earth continues warming at a glacial yet steady pace — observable, too — and sometimes it really does seem as if Nero is fiddling while Rome burns. Substitute “world leaders and the United Nations” for Nero and “Earth” for Rome, and you can see where we might be headed. But let’s not go down that road right now.
Instead, listen to a story making the internet rounds now about a man who recently “married” the Earth in an online internet ceremony.
Sounds a bit odd, but according to Marc Morano’s climate website “Climate Depot” in Washington, DC, it really happened. Not to be outdone, climate expert Anthony Watts headlined the story on his blog in early December as “Environmentalist marries Gaia in E-ceremony.”
Watts trumpeted: “From the Huffington Post, a tale of bliss. ….There’s no mention at HuffPo if Earth was a willing partner or if it was a shotgun wedding. There’s also no mention of how such a
marriage would be consummated. It is assumed the groom will honeymoon with Gaia in one of the polar cities he proposes where we can all escape the “global warming heat wave” at the lower latitudes. Congratulations to the happy couple.”
Watts told his readers that “the festive ceremony was an internet-eÂnabled weddiing, online and in real time, in which the groom married his longtime companion and love of his life — Earth! [He] recited previously keyed-in vows declaring that he would “love and cherish his beloved, Earth, — 4,000,000,Â010 years old but still beautiful and comely in her white aura of cloud cover — for the rest of his life or ‘until death do him part’.”
In the end, this impossible wedding story isn;t going to go anywhere, other than to be filed away in some archive titled “Miss Cellaneous”. But the inspiration behind the stunt — to try to wake up more and more people to the real dangers of global warming and climate change — was an important one, especially in the wake of the failed climate talks in Cancun.
The person behind this unlikely marriage should be judged, though, not for eccentricities but for his motivation: to raise the alarm one more time about the possible fate of humankind in the distant future if we don’t fix the climate problems now.