COP17: Tears and Loathing in Durban

by Dru Oja Jay Durban 2011

When I first stepped through the drab halls of the International Convention Centre, decorated in a business-casual African motif, a misanthropic ether binge or acid-fueled target practice with high-calibre rifles seemed to be just the thing. A gonzo revival, it could be argued, is the only appropriate response to the latest round of climate talks taking place here in Durban, South Africa. The momentous, apocalyptic futility of humanity’s imminent failure to address catastrophic climate change is a perfect match for — most iconically — Hunter S. Thompson’s drug-fuelled flights from the grim reality of the American Dream.

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