In the wake of Super Tuesday in the US presidential primaries: From Leonard Cohen’s Stories of the Street.
The age of lust is giving birth,
And both the parents ask
The nurse to tell them fairy tales
On both sides of the glass.
But let me ask you one more time,
O children of the dusk,
All these hunters who are shrieking now:
Oh, do they speak for us?
OK, technically speaking this quote (from H.G. Wells’ 1933 novel-cum-essay The Shape of Things to Come) isn’t about climate conferences, but about the world economic conference held in London in 1933 to attempt to solve the ongoing Great Depression through international economic cooperation. But Wells’ description of how the pressure of national interests caused the assembled politicians to fail to agree on any common effort to avert the looming crisis, seems eminently applicable to the succession of largely inconclusive conferences held 75-80 years later on how to combat climate change and global warming. Continue reading