Untitled Photo By pablo72As we are writing this, world leaders are assembling in Italy for the 2009 G8 (Group of  8) Summit. On the agenda is of course the Global Economy, Climate Change, and Global Security. The G8 was formed in 1975 by France and includes the nations of United States, Canada, Britain, France,Italy, Germany, Russia, and Japan.  Also, joining the committee is a smaller G5 group consisting of China, Brazil, Egypt, South Africa, India and Mexico. The talks have already started but no resolutions will be reported until tomorrow or next week.

Superdelegate Photo By jurvetsonCurrently, the US has been behind on signing any Global emissions gap for 2020. Bush as we all know by now, was behind in environmental policy, especially on a global scale. Obama has pledged that he will take a much more strong approach to the G8 talks and says he will back a return to 1990 emissions level by 2020 and 80% below that in 2050. This is a major step for the US, however, it has not been reported whether the US will embrace the 2 degrees C limit that the European Union already backs. Many analysts expect Obama to agree to these standards, based on his campaign promises for the Green Movement. But nothing has been set in stone at this point. Everyone is hoping the US actually signs on for these Climate Change. 

G8 Poverty Photo By Fabian BromannEven if the US actually agrees to these standards, there are roadblocks, including China. China, who had to abruptly leave the talks due to unrest at home, has previously refused to sign onto the goals set above. And on top of China not getting on board, there are plenty of citizens who are fighting the talks. Some are anti-globalization protesters, who actually took to the streets earlier in the week and came to a violent clash with Italian cops. Luckily some protesters are actually trying to bring attention to the environmental issues of the world, including Greenpeace and Oxfam. They have put up giant banners on Italy’s smoke stakes and dawning masks while stirring a melting world. 

Earth Egg Photo By  azrainmanHopefully, all the leaders of the G8, G5, and the rest of the world will be able to eventually set aside differences and band together to end slow down Global Warming. We are not promoting a one world government idea, we are just trying to emphasize how important this issues are. We, as a people, as a species must own up to what we have done and at least attempt to reverse it, if at all possible. Even if we can never reverse the damage done, we must slow down the current pollution we are emitting. So we hope that the US signing aboard (if we actually do) is a giant step towards a responsible planet.