Many of you will recall the emotional rhetoric from earlier in the year when there were calls for fundamental change. There was a sudden realization that this time it was too late... the cracks were too wide to cover... they were becoming as wide as the growing distances polar bears need to swim to find food. Like the polar bear, many of us thought that this time we would start drowning without sight of dry land.
However, our children's' tax burden has saved the day - they have paid for the excesses of today, while we can go on doing things as we were before. All this talk of a New Economy. All sounds good, but without a real change in attitude and a focus on curing long-term ills, we won't really change. We just keep papering over the cracks.
However, some good did come out of all this. For the first time, world leaders came together and acted quickly to salvage a potential disaster. They now know our collective fates, both economically and environmentally, are intertwined. And they should now have worked out better ways to get things done in the future.
While it's likely going to entail more pain, at least we've made some progress at dealing with global issues. Our businesses are now global, our economies international, so now at least our problems are global too... let's cling to the hope that 2009 marked a turning-point in how we stop papering over cracks and start rebuilding a more robust infrastructure where cracks won't keep appearing and getting wider and wider...
The picture above represents an ice sculpture from the Ice Bear Project - a polar bear sculpted out of ice, with a bronze skeleton inside. This was created in Kongens Nytorv Square, Copenhagen, Denmark, close to where nearly 20,000 people attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during December.