Greenpeace's Icy Symbolism on Climate Change
The Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 and organizers hope that Copenhagen will establish a follow-up agreement; the goal is a worldwide plan of action to stabalize the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to prevent dangerous manmade climate changes.
This is where the icy symbolism comes into play: Made from glacial meltwater from the source of the Yangtze, Yellow, and Ganges rivers, the sculptures represent "the disappearing future of the more than 1 billion people in Asia who are threatened with water shortages by the changing climate."
The Himalayan glaciers that feed these rivers are are the largest source of ice besides the polar caps. This is bad news because, according to page 493 of an IPCC study, these glaciers are receding faster than any others in the world and could be 80 percent gone within 30 years.
-- Mario Aguilar