United we stand?

One day before the start of this year’s United Nations General Assembly, world leaders had a carbon-neutral summit on climate change. It was meant to pave the way for talks in Bali, Indonesia this December, where nations will discuss post Kyoto Protocol emissions rules. The Kyoto treaty expires in 2012.

On “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart“, Bolivian President Evo Morales offered his insight on the conference. He said he heard a lot of talk about global warming but few political leaders actually say why it is happening or where climate change is coming from. He actually mentioned Western culture, industries, excessive consumption.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the results of the meeting, but the general consensus is that there is a lack of global political will to cool the planet. President Bush did not attend Monday’s summit but will host separate climate talks this Thursday and Friday for 16 major polluting countries such as China and India.

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