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Climate Change: Controversy Rages on

Updated on October 23, 2014
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What Did the Day of Action on 12th December 2009 during the Copenhagen Meeting of World Leaders about Climate Change Achieve ?

What do you think about Climate Change?

I'm going to tell you a bit about climate change from my own perspective, with my experience of a candlelit vigil, my poem, and various commentaries, links to articles, and some interesting facts about climate change. We seem to be experiencing extremes of weather - hotter and colder than the norm, and also drier and wetter than usual, with fearsome storms. There are supporters and cynics of the current thinking and, for myself, I don't know what to think, but I can certainly present what others are saying.

The arguments still rage on: There were over 33,000 different entries on the internet about this when I Googled it about two years ago, and now in 2014 there are about 1,030,000,000 results - that will give you some idea of the degree of interest it has sparked, if you will excuse the pun.

On 12th December 2009, during the Copenhagen meeting of world leaders, many organizations and individuals throughout the world united to support much stronger measures to reduce climate change. This Day of Action took the form of millions of people coming together in groups all over the world, switching off their electric lights, lighting candles and having a minute's silence. They hoped by their sheer weight of numbers to persuade these world leaders to reach an agreement about carbon reduction and all measures needed to slow down climate change.

Were you involved?

Image: Dying Tree by Diana Grant

Obituary - May 2013

Joe Farman

The research scientist whose research of the Earth's protective layer of ozone led to the discovery in 1982 of a hole in the layer caused by depletion by man-made chemicals. This led to political action because of the long-term danger to life on earth from ultraviolet solar rays, including an increase in skin cancer, cataracts of the eye and genetic changes.

On 12th December 2009 I went to the Candle-lit vigil

It was, shall we say, an enlightening experience - this is what it was like:

Our particular vigil took place in Crouch End, North London, in a community hall.

We started with the lights on, at 6.0 pm, and there were a few speeches about climate change and sustainability. Then we turned off the electricity and just had candles glowing in jars to light the hall. We sang songs which our home-grown musicians had written, then my poem, then another carbon-reduction song to the tune of the Proclaimers' "I will walk Five Hundred Miles and I will walk five hundred more" - and that was really fun: everyone sang their hearts out and the musicians all joined in - that is just such a good song, and whoever fitted new words to old song did a good job.

At 7 o'clock we stood for a minute's silence, with the lights gently flickering, thinking of all the other people and groups doing the same thing across the world, sharing our thoughts and light and willing that there would be a good outcome in Copenhagen.

This was followed by some tasty food. I helped a bit to serve it out, and did some washing up, so i'm not just a pretty face. The music and entertainment continued with a few good singers and musicians until about 10 o'clock, and the whole thing was a very touching experience.

Just one small bitch: everyone pronounced it Copenhaygen, and not Copenhaagen - So-o-o British!

Oh, and another one: my poem below is now out of date, as it all happened on 12th December 2009, now long gone

I would Walk 500 Miles by The Proclaimers - Here's the Music on YouTube

When we sang it at the Candlelit Vigil, we put our own words to the music. It's such a great tune that everyone loved singing to it.

Copenhagen - my Poem This is a poem I wrote to remind people about the candlelit vigil across the world during the Copenhagen Convention in 2009

I hope you like it:


Let your candles burn tonight

The world needs our support

Let your candles shine so bright

Our leaders need support

It's our job to spread the light

The world's poor need support

Keep your candles glowing white

Our children need support

Add your voice to the climate fight

Our wildlife needs support

Hope and pray with all your might

The world will give support

As people round the world unite

And join in their support

Hold the ideal in your sight

Hold your intention really tight

And as our candles burn tonight

Light up the world with gentle light


©Diana Grant 12 December 2009

On the Left Hand Side You'll Find Links to the Ongoing Story of the Outcome of the Copenhagen Convention

Oldest at the bottom, most recent at the top

If you go to the last link on the left hand side , it will take you to a summary of what the Copenhagen Accord actually achieved and did not achieve, reported immediately after the Copenhagen Convention took place.

Above that, you will find various links to news items arising out of the Climate Change discussions, including commentary as to whether global warming is actually taking place.

But What is Really Happening to Our World Climate? - Are we Warming or Cooling? I don't know if we are coming or going!

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Amazon has a range of books about climate change - This is just a small selection about climate change and the political and socio-economic aspects

The debate is by no means settled as to how far wealthy countries can or should help poorer countries who, at present, are suffering most of the worst effects of global climate change.

Although there seems to be a lot of unusual weather about, so you could definitely say that Climate Change is happening, it is certainly not all in one directio

- melting icebergs

- earthquakes

- tsunamis

- sub-zero temperatures

- flash floods

- mudslides

- avalanches

- hurricanes

- bush fires

- drought

- deep and long Winter

- Very warm Spring in 2011, causing the daffodil season to be brought forward by several weeks

- very wet summer in 2011, giving rise to the best Autumn apple harvest in living memory

- The hottest October 2011 ever recorded in the UK

- October snow in New York in 2011

- Drought in UK for several months in 2011 - the driest winter and spring ever recorded

- But followed in 2012 by the wettest summer ever recorded

- The longest winter followed in 2013, spreading over to an exceptionally cold Spring

The news at the end of August 2012 was that there would be a world food shortage and consequent price rises, caused by ruined crops, and, in some cases, complete failure of crops. Since then, and spreading into 2013, there was exceptional weather in many countries, from heavy floods causing death and homelessness, killing livestock and ruining crops, a long and freezing winter with record low temperatures, and in other parts of the world, storms, bad hurricanes and tornadoes and tsunamis. Food was scarcer, leading to higher prices.

The news on 2nd May 2013 on the BBC was that, due to the record late Spring, fruit trees and crops were about five weeks later than usual. The trees did flower, but the harvest was much smaller than usual, although of a higher quality.

During 2013 the Polar ice caps started melting at an alarming rate, causing sea levels to rise, inundating land and affecting sea life. On 10th November 2013 the Philippines were devastated by the strongest hurricane ever recorded, with wind speeds up to 200 miles per hour.

Extreme weather conditions from the end of 2013 to 2014 have hit the USA with some of the lowest temperatures ever recorded there, and the UK, with the wettest winter ever recorded (but surprisingly mild in temperature) and one of the hottest summers ever recorded in Australia, with bush fires becoming commonplace. Meanwhile in Beijing, China the smog wSso bad that they issued a severe smog warning and video screens in the street which are usually used for advertising instead showed the only sunrise the inhabitants were likely to see in mid-January 2014.

There have been huge tornadoes, tsunamis, and crisis after crisis. 'Where will it all end?' I ask myself.

If you ask me (which is inadvisable, as I am a lawyer, not a scientist), the coin is still up in the air!

Think before you take that plane journey - is it really necessary?

The jury is still out about what we can do to halt the climate change, but, on a belt-and-braces principle, we would be kicking ourselves - or rather, our grandchildren would be kicking ourselves - if we don't even try.

What's the point of switching my computer off every time I leave it idling if people are still travelling by plane several times a year with no compunction, leaving dirty great carbon footprints? It seems to me that the rich might be able to do a lot more than they do.

Do you believe that your activities are contributing to reduction of global warming?

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What's Your Input for Saving the World? Try This Poll - Do you think your modest efforts will help stop climate change?

What do you think is the most important way to reduce carbon emissions, and do you even think it is necessary to do so? Do you think the recent reports by a few scientists that climate change and global warning is merely or mainly a physical phenomenon which has not been caused by human beings is correct, or do you think they were just 'spoilers', timed to coincide with the Copenhagen conference?

Want to Read More About Green Issues?

Below you'll find links, general information and a debate, as well as something about me


Climate Change Zazzle Style

I think you'll agree:

This poster on the right about Climate Change says it all

Planet Lament by orsobear

(You can buy it on Zazzle by following the link underneath the poster itself)


Recycle - give it away, sell it, revamp it, cannibalize it, compost it, keep it out of landfill.

Reduce your car or plane trips. Why not walk or phone or even video-conference?

Grow some of your own food, swop seeds and plants, join communal gardening and allotment projects

Save energy

Do leave a comment - I love hearing from people, so let me know if you liked the poem or this page, or anything else you want to comment on. You don't even need

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Taking the time to make small change can make a big difference :)

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      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @David Stone1: You're right. I think people are beginning to take more care

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Awareness and honest information is the key to making things better.

      A nice contribution here.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Excellent! And I appreciate your poem

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for sharing all this info and tips with us. Great lens.

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @redroses lm: Thanks, I have added to it on many occasions, as you can see from the dates!

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      Jenny Campbell 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great lens. So much information and so well researched.

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      Monika Weise 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I love lenses of substance like this. Good job!

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      7 years ago

      Very detailed, a lot of good information.

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      7 years ago

      Very comprehensive, thank you so kindly for putting this together. It will make a difference (love your poem).

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      9 years ago

      Returned with wings and blessed this great report. Featured on Sprinkled with Stardust


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      9 years ago

      An excellent lens on an important topic. As well as providing the "personal touch" you've got links to a lot of resources.

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      9 years ago

      Oh, a great lens and well researched. Lensrolled to and featured on Killing the World


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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      I think the Copenhagen Convention was pretty much a waste of time and money. Just a big show to get money out of the US. We now know that global warming was based on false science.

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      9 years ago

      Very nice lens! Love your pictures. Five Stars.

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      9 years ago

      We should have this in Cleveland :) nice lens!


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