Last year, Connie Hedegaard invited Environment Ministers to strap on their boot spikes and join her for a hike up the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. The goal of the trip: to see firsthand the effects of climate change. Now Connie and her international colleagues are gearing up for another adventure the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen in December.
As host of this high-stakes meeting, Connie, 48 the Climate and Energy Minister of Denmark is under enormous pressure to deliver results. There is no longer any doubt that climate change is happening and it may be happening a lot faster than we thought.
Connie understands this. Climate change is a uniquely global problem and requires a uniquely global response. The challenge in the run-up to Copenhagen is to find a way for an entire world to unite around a plan that is both fair and effective. I have no doubt that Connie Hedegaard is up to the task. But strap on your boot spikes it is going to be a tough climb.
Claussen is president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
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