Monday, December 19, 2022

A Room of My Own: More And More Talks

No More Fairy Tales, VII
written on the last day of COP15, 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

as the night deepens 
my wife watches this climate news
with a frown ...
on the floor our son crawls
in circles, forward and backward

these blah-blah-blahs
about how much the world's oceans
will be protected ...
young reps walk out of the talk
in the rain mixed with snow

FYI: The Canadian Press, Dec. 14: "Issue of fairness:" Developing countries walk out of biodiversity talks over funding

Most of the world's biodiversity is located in the poorer countries of the global south. Most of the wealth — much of which was created at the expense of the world's biodiversity — exists in the north.

"It's everyone's problem, but we are not equally responsible for the drivers that have led to the destruction of biodiversity," said the delegate. "This is an issue of fairness."


For far too long humanity has paved over, fragmented, over-extracted and destroyed the natural world on which we all depend... Now is our chance to shore up and strengthen the web of life, so it can carry the full weight of generations to come.

-- UN executive director, Inger Andersen

Added: written on the first day of Hanukkah

gathering dark
a 12-meter high menorah 
lit in Maidan Square

FYI: CBC News, Dec. 18: Ukraine's Jewish community is waging a "war between darkness and light" during Hanukkah, rabbi says


another wave
of widespread missile attacks ...
through the bunker's hole
she gazes at the giant menorah 
in Kyiv's Maidan Square

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