Lutra 56(1)_Canters_Editorial_2013

Moving mammals

The only personal, tangible experience I have had that relates in any way to the 1997 Kyoto climate treaty (official lifespan: 2002-2012, so now assigned to the dustbin of history…) are the ‘Kyoto cookies’ on the shelves of my local supermarket. I can’t remember whether the point about them was the ‘sustainability’ of their ingredients or that they were non-fattening, or perhaps it was something else – for example an especially tasty biscuit brought back from Kyoto by someone attending a congress there and recreated by a Dutch baker. What was clear, though, was that ‘Kyoto’, despite all the scepticism about the need for and ‘realism’ of treaties like this (even back then), was nonetheless passed down to the proverbial man in the street and imbued with meaning by a supermarket chain – not the most conventional approach to educating the public on nature and the environment....