O editorial de Copenhaga
Hoje e no inicio da Cimeira de Copenhaga, 56 jornais de 45 países fazem algo sem precedente no jornalismo, e irão falar a uma só voz através de um editorial comum. Segundo o The Guardian (um dos jornais envolvidos e responsável pela iniciativa, em Portugal será o jornal Público), fazem-no porque a Humanidade enfrenta uma grave emergência:
[…] Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year’s inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world’s response has been feeble and half-hearted.
[…] Overcoming climate change will take a triumph of optimism over pessimism, of vision over short-sightedness, of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature”.
It is in that spirit that 56 newspapers from around the world have united behind this editorial. If we, with such different national and political perspectives, can agree on what must be done then surely our leaders can too.
The politicians in Copenhagen have the power to shape history’s judgment on this generation: one that saw a challenge and rose to it, or one so stupid that we saw calamity coming but did nothing to avert it. We implore them to make the right choice.
Petar Pismestrovic, «Kleine Zeitung»