by Ervin Laszlo
President Obama called the agreement hammered out on the last day of the Copenhagen summit "meaningful." It is indeed a meaningful agreement—both for what it achieved, and for what it failed to achieve.
The current international system cannot cope with the global problems that threaten us. We need to create a new system of cooperation, based on shared values and joint interests. The leaders of the established order will not create it; they are not in a position to do so: there is too much inertia and resistance within the system. But you could create it. You are the best, and perhaps the last, hope of humankind. If you fail, our species will enter on a path that leads to chaos and devolution, and could terminate in extinction. You cannot allow this to happen. The evolution of a remarkable species on this precious planet cannot come to an untimely end.