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Preparing Durban for the Worst

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/29/2012 11:08:18 AM
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Re: US polarization
Well said, Nicole. It's a problem when the public is lured by politically charged rhetoric to think that climate change is a myth manufactured by opposing parties.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/29/2012 11:00:38 AM
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Re: US polarization
Part of the hurdle, then, where climate change is concerned, is getting enough of the voting public to care about the issue... so that we can eventually get to a point where people will stop voting for politicians who don't support measures to take care of the environment.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/29/2012 10:30:13 AM
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Re: US polarization
Sadly, it seems that in order to get nominated, much less elected, to high office in this country, a candidate must tweak and trim his/her views until they are almost unrecognizable.

 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/28/2012 5:40:45 PM
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Re: US polarization
Most of the ridiculous arguments we have in this country that continue to hold back progress stem from the fact that most politicians are sticking to an agenda... I'd love to sit these people down and find out what they really believe versus what they're pretending to support or not support in order to satisfy their big corporate donors, or to comply with a religious ideology, etc.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/28/2012 5:29:05 PM
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Re: US polarization
We're so used to the issue of climate change being an argument that we can't get past that. Durban shows a different, and better, approach. If only politicians could learn something from it! If we as regular citizens can, why can't they?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/28/2012 4:08:59 PM
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Re: US polarization
I agree with you Mary. It was funny, when I asked Jo Boulle whether they experience climate change as a political issue, she kind of laughed and said she never even thought of it that way before -- it's just simply not an issue there. Imagine that, politicians taking seriously something that's serious!

Anyway, we'll have Part 2 of our interview with Mayor Manny Diaz up tomorrow, in which he discusses the harmful effect of partisanship on our cities. So a relevant addendum to this discussion.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/28/2012 2:52:47 PM
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US polarization
It's time we in the US wised up to the damaging effects of political polarization on things like taking action against climate change. So much time is spent fighting the other side that nothing gets done and more ill will is created.

The Durban example should serve to show us what can be done even in cities where so many are challenged just on the basics.

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