Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Where are the Wise Men?

A cartoon by Schrank @ The Independent
This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent relates to the Doha Climate Change Conference, which finally produced an agreement that would see the Kyoto Protocol continuing for a further seven years. However, the deal was denounced by climate activists as inadequate to contain global warming at 2 degrees Celsius, given that greenhouse gas emissions are likely to hit another record level this year. A polar bear is sweltering in the desert heat on the road to Doha, which is in Qatar. He asks a group of three camels, "Where are the wise men?" Meanwhile, planes crisscross the sky, emitting tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The cartoonist plays on the word 'wise'. According to Christian tradition, the Three Wise Men were a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are usually shown riding camels. More generally, awise person is able to use their experience and knowledge to make sensible decisions and judgements, something noticeably lacking at the Doha conference.

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