Climate change is topping the agenda of world leaders (if not world media) with the Bali summit ending today. Stars of the show include, of course, Al Gore, but also Danish climate minister Connie Hedegaard who will be hosting the Copenhagen summit in 2009 which should see a successor to Kyoto brokered.
Another new environmental darling is Australia’s new prime minister, Kevin Rudd. Rudd has pledged to join Kyoto swiftly and is steering his country (and my second home by choice) towards a more active role. Which is not a moment too late, with Australia being the country with highest emissions per capita and one of those having done the least.
But in their eagerness to amend for assumed previous sins, Australians are tripping over themselves with not too bright (but admittedly very aussie) ideas for how to save the world. My two favourites are:
- Kangaroos emit hardly any carbon dioxide when they fart, compared to cows. Scientists are seriously considering how to transfer bacteria from roo digestion into other animals to reduce emissions.
- Parents having more than two children should be taxed for every child beyond that. The rationale: people pollute – let’s have fewer people.
So, what exactly are we trying to save?