I have read a lot about Copenhagen being a major disppointment overall; however some interesting things did come out of the summit (Brazil's commitment). As two people who attended, do you think that this type of summit is effective and a viable means to reach our end goal, or is it capitalism wrapped in green paper?
Futhermore, as ADR professionals, how could we better utilize these types of opportunites to reach our goal? I am worried that we are shooting for the stars when the problem is at our feet. I really liked that you pointed out that we need to focus on the people. I have felt for a long time that in order to create real change, you have to begin in the village. Clearly, the attempt to impact policy (as you said, treaties and global commitments have failed) on a governmental scale has been ineffective. I am also worried that we are applying capitalist principles to people who are just trying to survive.
I'm interested to learn where you've read about the overall disappointment in Copenhagen, could you share some sources? I'm interested in this because sometimes while people directly involved in an event think it was the "best event ever" public opinion is the opposite so I'd like to find out more about this opinion you've noticed.