Back in 1992, the Rio Earth Summit was promoted as the last chance to save the planet.

But then, so was Johannesburg in 2002.

But that was before the Bali climate conference became the last chance to save the world in 2007.

And let’s not forget Poznan in 2008 which was the last chance to save the world according to the World Wildlife Fund.

And who could forget the last chance to save the world at Copenhagen, as proposed to us by the UK’s leading expert on climate change, Sir Nicholas Stern.

But now it’s official. This year’s Durban Conference, the United Nation’s Convention on Climate Change, known as COP 17, is once again the last chance to save the world:

Churches claim Durban conference is mankind’s last chance

Rev. Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit, who leads the World Council of Churches, says the upcoming climate conference in South Africa is mankind’s ‘last opportunity’ to address climate change.

The strangest thing about all this is that despite believing that it is now too late, several of these people are at the conference, and their items for discussion are not what to do before the end of the world.

Surely Nicholas Stern would be at home drowning himself in alcohol, or at least, making passionate love to strangers in lifts?

In fact, Stern is not only at the Durban Conference, he holds a number of prominent positions at COP17 and is even offering people advice about cutting down the use of fossil fuels – none of which seem to involve avoiding these kinds of conferences.

Why cutting down fossil fuel usage is of any use while the end of the world is nigh must be anyone’s guess.

But if recent reports are to be believed, it seems unlikely that any binding agreement will be made at Durban to continue the Kyoto protocol, which can mean only one thing: more conferences, and more last chances to save the world.