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Glasgow Conf Makes Big Mistakes
By Micah Halpern

Monday November 1, 2021
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25,000 leaders from around the world descended on Glasgow, Scotland to fight for the future of the earth. The gathered to combat climate change. The conference is officially called COP26.

There are some really serious issues that the organizers should have foreseen – and did not.

There has been significant blowback, for example, because many of the participants flew in, on private aircraft. The organizers should have called on everyone to fly on commercial airlines, they should have been encouraged to save energy – even if only as a symbol.

Even if people disregarded the directive and flew their own Learjet, the conference would have been on the record.

Conference organizers could also have asked major players to charter large aircrafts and invite other participants to join them. Again, this is a symbol, it is a gesture, an important one.

This next example is inexcusable in the year 2021 at a conference claiming to save the world.

The conference center was not accessible to the disabled. Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure and Water Karine Elharrar, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, has a very special wheelchair. This minister in the government of Israel spent two hours trying to find a way enter the conference center. She went to three different entrances. And then she called for a shuttle to pick her up – and to add insult to injury, that, too, was not accessible.

She tweeted: “I went to the international climate conference to promote the joint struggle in the climate crisis through meetings with my counterparts around the world. “Unfortunately, that was not possible because of accessibility problems that have no justification in the year 2021.”

Actions speak louder than words.

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2 November 2021 10:46 PM in Thoughts

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