Was actress Cate Blanchett able to push some buttons? Photo via: CateBlanchett
Copenhagen is the place to rendezvous this year when it comes to global warming and the latest gathering geared to this effort was the World Business Summit on Climate Change where Cate Blanchett joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to address the 700 participants including heads of Pepsico, Ericsson and Siemens, to name a few big corps. Queen Elizabeth I (a/k/a Blanchett), dazzled the group with an impassioned plea. (Before complaining about "green" movie stars, check out her efforts.) The actor-activist takes environmentalism personally. Concerned about the growing water crisis in her own country ("I live in a desert called Australia"), she limits her showers to four minutes, installed solar panels on her home, donates time to Solar Aid, plans to power her theater company in Sydney with renewables, and is working on the Prince's Rainforest Project film.
Referring to the recent devastating bushfires in Australia as well as the resulting loss of jobs in the agricultural industry and loss of tourism, key to some poorer country's economies, she warned the CEOs (or their representatives, newly appointed Directors of Sustainability and/or Corporate Responsibility), that the time for low carbon economies of the future was "now":
Political failure at Copenhagen in December is quite simply unacceptable and this powerful room must play a major role in preventing this failure. We have the ability to kick start the low carbon economies of the future right when we need to, and that's now. Australia's best climate scientists have been warning us that we'll face many more catastrophic fire days in south-east Australia unless the world acts to dramatically cut greenhouse pollution.
This summit leads up to COP15, December's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, when the new post-Kyoto treaty will be designed. Blanchett urged the business sector to get involved and innovative with solutions rather that contributing to the problem of climate change. But will her articulate appeal stir the biz leaders at this summit about global warming to action, remains the question.
More on COP15:
Copenhagen Climate Congress to Synthesize New Science on Climate
Business Leaders Make "The Copenhagen Call"
Copenhagen Climate Congress to Synthesize New Science on Climate Change
It's a Long Road to Copenhagen: Here's What Obama Needs to Do