While digesting the disappointing outcome of the COP 15 in Copenhagen, some reflections pave their way to my key board.
The global leaders have not been able to agree on how we shall face the biggest threat to human kind in our time – how to combat climate change with a legal binding global agreement. They could not get their acts together for a theoretic framework on how to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, on how this framework should be followed up on by concrete emissions reduction actions, on how these should be monitored, and on who should do what.
When the global leaders fail, the responsibility for saving the future of our planet is back on us - their people. Because the only things the earth needs are no more discussions and theory, but concrete actions to reduce emissions – now! This is leading us back to rail as a part of the solution to reduce the increasing emissions from the transport sector – the main message of the Train to Copenhagen communications campaign. More than ever train is a part of the solution – right here, right now!
At least COP 15 demonstrated the global leaders’ willingness to come and act together – and in the end they reached to something to work further with. So while the global leaders are preparing themselves for the challenges around how to follow-up on the outcome of COP 15 in 2010, we will have to get onboard the “Train from Copenhagen” and continue to promoting rail and to ensuring that concrete actions like reducing emissions from the transport sector will contribute to saving our planet!