Monday, December 07, 2009

Eco-Pushover?

According to a news report I heard this morning one of the free benefits that the delegates to the Copenhagen Environmental Conference will receive with their conference credentials is a free "date" from one of the many "professionals" available to the residents and visitors of Copenhagen.

This may be the most environmentally friendly benefit of the summit; given that the delegates have traveled there (largely on private planes and in limousine motorcades) and are being shuttled around the down in what is likely the least eco-friendly transportation available. They are being fed caviar and other delicacies being flown in at great cost (both monetarily and to the environment) so why not offer them something that won't kill the planet? In Copenhagen, this is completely legal, ya just knew someone would think of it!

My personal qualm with the Environmental Summit is why don’t they start by being environmentally responsible themselves? I'd like to propose that the next time someone wants to get together to talk about a way to be environmentally responsibly, the start by planning the conference via Tele-Presence. In this world of computers and the internet, is there any real reason for a face-to-face?

Oops! I need top step down off that soap box. That was not what this particular rant was about – it was about something that Tele-Presence cannot do as well as actual presence. At least not yet!

Wherever you are today, I hope that you will do something good for the environment today!

Don Bergquist – December 07, 2009 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

2 comments:

Sara Lynne said...

You definitely have a point, but I'm all for F2F meetings for the side benefits - although I hadn't heard about the benefit you mentioned. Kind of like not having you and Saga for beach week...phone call or web cam...whatever, not the same as being there. Plus, think of all the potential ethical and personal scandals that brew at meetings that we would miss out on if they didn't gather. They owe it to us to muck it up ;)

Cheers,

S.

Don Bergquist said...

Plus, think of all the potential ethical and personal scandals that brew at meetings that we would miss out on if they didn't gather.

...especially with the fringe benefits being offered at the conference this year!

;-)