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Cancun Results: Little Is Much Maybe

posted by Jael Ever @ 12:29 PM
December 13, 2010

The United Nations proved its leadership at the International Climate Change meeting in Cancun last week.  At least that meeting was more successful than the one in Copenhagen last year.  Poorer nations will get economic support to “go green,” and a few countries agreed to join forces against Global Warming.  But, in reality, the Climate Change meetings in Cancun, did little to harness the nations that do the most to pollute the air, such as the United States and China. 

 Alden Meyer, spokesman for the Union of Concerned Scientists lamented that it “wasn’t enough to save the climate, but “it did restore the credibility of the United Nations as a forum where progress can be made.”  But, he added, because so many main issues were not addressed, the groups will have an even tougher time when meeting next year in Durban, South Africa.

 At least, according to Arthur Max of the Associated Press, representatives from 193 nations heard the bad from a NASA report that “the January-November 2010 global temperatures were the warmest in the 131-year record. Its data indicated the year would likely end as the warmest on record . . .”

 One positive result of the meeting is what is known as “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.”  It is intended to curb carbon emissions from logging and burning in large forest areas, while giving protection to people and animals living in those areas.  However, while spokesmen put the most positive spin on what forward progress there was, in truth, the nations would not agree on ways to severely cut down carbon emissions in the very near future.  Thus, the earth will do nothing but continue to get warmer. 

 Another positive result is that countries and regions will now work together to reduce emissions.  For instance, according to Juliet Eilperin and William Booth of the Washington Post, “businesses in California will offset their greenhouse gas emissions by funding tropical forest preservation in Mexico and Brazil.”  And Japan will fund construction of nuclear power plants in developing nations. 
 So much of what  goes for knowledge on this earth is really fiction.  What is truth today may turn out to be  untrue tomorrow.  Things on earth constantly change, and too often, not for the better.  The only places maintaining permanent status as revealed to mankind are heaven and hell.  But according to God’s Word, prayer can change things on earth.  Or as the Apostle James says, “ . . . the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (5: 16).  Hopefully, as believers shop this Christmas for wholesale Christian t-shirts, they will remember that prayer is truly the greatest human force on earth.  It is greater than war.  Prayer can do things when all other efforts fail.  The meetings in Cancun may not have accomplished a lot,  but praying people still have time to apply the old fashion “kneeology” of prayer.  That can really cool the planet.

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