It’s hard to believe the climate conference is about to begin. For the past several months, we’ve been studying the issues, making our travel plans, coordinating with colleagues, and making connections with other like-minded groups and individuals. Indeed, the email traffic has been fast and furious, with articles, reports, commentaries, predictions, and speculations flying about like mad. Who knows what our world leaders will do? They could dazzle us with their brilliant negotiating skills or disappoint us with their flimsy proposals. Either way, this event has already put a fire in the belly of huge numbers of people, and it has cemented bonds between members of a global community fiercely devoted to moving the ball forward on climate change. More than anything else, this is what gives me hope that we will actually respond to this crisis in time to stave off the unthinkable. World leaders and negotiating teams, the ball is in your court, but the rest of us will be watching!