Delegates arriving in Poland for the UN Climate Conference were greeted with a fine sunset, and a hands-on exercise in dealing with the problem. The World Wildlife Fund encouraged people to crack open nuts, symbolising the need to break through the barriers surrounding climate change. “What we need to see come out of this meeting is a full negotiation text,” said WWF activist Kim Carstensen. “If we do not get a full text and just discuss uncommitting ideas, we are never going to crack the climate nut. That is what we are here to say as the WWF.”
The conference hopes to see progress on a new climate treaty, to replace the Kyoto Protocol at the end of next year. “We should do everything possible so that no human activity would break the symbiosis between Man and Nature,” said Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. “Currently, we are all concerned with the global financial crisis, but we should keep in mind that financial crises come and go while the environment should be a constant value we all care for.”
The UN believes the global economic problems can help produce greener world financial strategies. But governments were urged not to take the cheap option of dirty fossil fuel energy solutions. Britain responded by announcing plans to cut greenhouse gases by a third by 2020.