The recent Copenhagen Climate Change Conference talks have one clear message other then the obvious agreement on Climate Change targets. The cultural differences and similarities of all of us make it really hard to come to an agreement. Especially if this agreement will have long term effects and involves compromises such as tackling Climate Change.
Why is that? Well because all cultures across the globe are different and finding a common denominator if you do not know each other personally really well is really hard work sometimes.
A planet full of different cultures
So lets us remind our selves how man different cultures we have on our planet as per Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_cultures. I am not totally sure about the numbers but we have many different cultures. There are so many different cultures that it will be hard to find similarities between all of them other then that we are all living on one planet right?
Common denominator: The basic need for economic prosperity and security
Well, there is really one key thread that runs through all the cultures in my opinion. And that is that all cultures are all looking to have a prosperous economy and a secure environment to live in. This means continuous economic growth, no poverty/diseases and obviously no war. Just the possibility of living a normal life really.
But the recent changes in our climate and and natural environment in general has in my opinion shown us a new common denominator: Achieving Sustainability
But not everyone has realized and accepted this new global culture denominator.
Achieving Sustainability is our new common denominator
My point here in this post is that we need to promote all aspects of Sustainability as our basic cultural common denominator and that we need to take a step back from our cultural constraints/differences that we feel are the norm for us and look to strengthen this common denominator in order to help us further on the patch towards living a more sustainable existence on our planet.
I know that this is easy to say but I have been lucky enough to experience the way many cultures see and promote Sustainability. This is definitely a very strong possible bond between us.
Our cultures are unique and they help us to make sense of our surroundings and let us feel part of a greater community. But we need to work hard to preserve this. Being more sustainable is part of this responsibility and we need to work together to keep our way of life and adapt.
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