In 2009, the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen will decide what kind of legislation will act as the successor to the Kyoto Treaty. It will be, according to Alex Steffen the executive editor of Worldchanging.com, our last chance as a species to decide how we will tackle climate change, before it is really too late. And the US will play a crucial role, as we are the nation preventing much of the progress.

In the past five years most of the thinking about climate change has been in the form of personal responsibility, what can we as individuals do to make small changes in our lives (light bulbs, cloth bags, separating the garbage etc.). These smaller, individual changes are an important part of the solution, but are these efforts affecting the thinking of people performing the tasks? Is the person who now only uses LED light bulbs, aware of the effect that decision has on the environment and solutions that could be implemented in similar fashions? Is this person also considering the light bulbs when selecting a candidate to support?

Citizens of the world need to be thinking about reinventing everything — green upgrades in cities, energy systems, industrial design, technology, farming and forestry. How can the individual choices of members of Slow Food On Campus chapters create a ripple affect across campus in 2009? What efforts can Slow Food on Campus student leaders encourage that will create change and influence future decisions? How can these teach students the power of a collective effort on a grander scale?

Optimism abounds, giving us a real opportunity for change. What are you doing, or planning to do, to join in?

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