For twelve days, December 7 to 18, Copenhagen is the Naivete Capital of the Universe. Some of the street activities during COP15 are either naive, puerile, or just plain counter-productive. When Tuvalu's brave stand for its own survival is reduced to a series of dumbed-down chants I wonder if many of the protestors have merely ventured to Denmark for a party. There's serious discussions being held inside the conference halls which needs to be held to account and kept on track.
Something very noticeable about local television when I was in Newcastle for a few days last week were the frequent ads featuring a chappie from the Central Highlands Regional Council speaking on behalf of the Australian Coal Commission and promoting its Orwellian "cut emissions not jobs" website. With the Newcastle viewing area being host to a number of collieries, this was clearly one of the areas that the ACC was targeting with an intense advertising campaign.