Perhaps it was the capitulation of COP15, but what happened to the great green shipping campaign?
By Ryan Skinner (email)
When I first got wind of the Carbon War Room's project to organize the shipping community in a grand campaign to cut emissions, I eagerly went to their web-site. There, given the opportunity to enlist, I did. I would be part of the new Greatest Generation, entering pitched battle with the sixth element of the periodic table.
Then....nothing. There was apparently a battle in December in Copenhagen. We lost. I hadn't been mobilized in any particular way by the Carbon War Room. I'd heard the military could be disorganized, but what's going on here?
Eventually, like any good soldier who's lost contact with his regiment, I asked for instructions - emails and telephones to the Carbon War Room, its secretariat, anyone. No answer. Just a steady drip of articles in an RSS feed, apparently automated. Now I'm beginning to feel like a character in a Russian novel.
It seems as if the Carbon War Room commanders have deserted their troops. Not once have I received any news of this campaign. Nor have any attempts to reach it been fruitful. Alas, I guess this war is over. Perhaps they should rename Carbon War Room to Carbon Cocktail Dress (take it out for big events, otherwise keep it mothballed in the closet).
I'm glad someone is having big and ambitious thoughts to mobilize the rank and file of the shipping industry; I'm just depressed the execution seems so poor.