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Local Dispatches Before a Global Conference (Sarah Todd)

November 30, 2009

As world leaders prepare to meet next week for the United Nations conference on climate change, The New York Times posted four essays from writers in Copenhagan, Japan, South Africa, and Brazil on how climate change is impacting their countries. You can check out the essays here.

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  1. ssiperstein permalink*
    November 30, 2009 9:35 pm

    Sarah, so glad that you posted this! These articles, or dispatches from the front lines of climate change, are fantastic in the ways that they make sense of a global issue through local narratives and personal nature stories. Climate change may provide one opportunity for bridging the local, the national, and the global, and even for bridging the difference between first wave and second wave ecocriticism… but I’m getting ahead of myself, and ahead of my final paper.

    The Copenhagen Climate Conference kicks off a week from today, and whether you are hopeful or pessimistic about its prospects, there’s no question that it’s going to be one of the most historically important moments for our planet and for our own futures. It’s a shame that the conference is being overshadowed by the recent fracas around the illegal dissemination of thousands of emails by climate scientists. If you haven’t heard about it, Andrew Revkin’s Dot Earth blog (http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/) at the nytimes is a good place to start.

    My fingers are crossed.

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