Climate and Capitalism in Copenhagen
By Walden Bello – Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 1, 2009
The negotiators in Copenhagen are likely to address only half the story, argues columnist Walden Bello.
Beginning in the second week of December, representatives to the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen will wrestle with the challenge of climate change. This week, influential actors in the World Trade Organization Seventh Ministerial Conference taking place in Geneva are trying to push for a conclusion to the nine-year-old Doha Round of trade negotiations.
The two meetings are at cross-purposes and their juxtaposition highlights a profound reality: The world has to choose between free trade and effective climate management.