In 1992 thousands of scientists met in Rio for what, according to New Scientist, was possibly the Last Chance to Save the World.
However, according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Last Chance to Save the World did not happen until the Second Earth Summit in Johannesburg.
But then, according to the New Zealand Herald, the Last Chance to Save the World actually happened in Bali.
Notwithstanding this, however, the UK’s leading authority on climate change, Lord Stern is pretty sure the Copenhagen summit is the Last Chance to Save – not just the world, but the planet – from catastrophic climate change.
Following the last chance to save the world, Mexico will probably host the next major climate meeting and the UN has begun planning COP17, likely to be in South Africa in 2011, and COP18 in Asia in 2012.
If the Copenhagen Summit fails to Save the Planet, it is expected that agenda items may include, things to do before the end of the world .
In addition to the annual COPs, the delegates attend smaller meetings several times a year. Last month they met for five days in Barcelona at the final UN climate talks before Copenhagen. They spent a week in Bangkok in October. In recent years, they have also been to Buenos Aires, Marrakesh, Milan, Montreal, and Nairobi.
/>As described here, Bill Hare, an Australian climate activist/scientist, met his wife at the Kyoto summit in 1997. They now have a child. “I’m aware of several other couples who met at these climate meetings. It’s not surprising given how much time we spend together,” Hare says.
As well as presumably having an impressive carbon footprint of his own, Hare has been employed by Greenpeace to lobby against the introduction of nuclear power, the one source of energy which has the potential to radically reduce the production of greenhouse gases.