At the eleventh hour when the gloomy spectre of failure was descending upon the Climate Change Conference that will begin in Paris within a few weeks, a miracle has happened.
Just weeks ago I was predicting that COP 21 would be a failure just like all the other preceding international conferences on the environment over the last 45 years.
But things have changed radically and just within the last few months. Now I believe there is a glimmer of hope, and with some push from some strong world political leaders, there is now a real chance for progress.
I am being cautious here. There have been absolutely no breakthroughs on an international level concerning environmental and conservation issues ever before, not a single one of any significance.
Stockholm 1972 was a failure. Rio 1992 was a failure. Kyoto 1997 was a failure. Copenhagen 2009 was a failure. Lima 2014 was a failure. Now however, there is a small chance that Paris 2015 could be a success, or at least the real beginning of something that can evolve into a success.