The United Nations climate chief, Christiana Figueres, the head of the U.N.'s climate change secretariat, may well be right in her statement that people should not look solely to their governments to make tough decisions to slow global warming, and instead to consider their own role in solving the problem.
And this may be the reality half way through the two week climate talks in Doha where negotiators from nearly 200 countries are struggling. The expectations from a debt ridden public are much much lower than at Copenhagen and some at the negotiations are concerned that even the gains made at Durban last year are at risk of coming undone.
'Each one of us needs to assume responsibility. It's not just about domestic governments,' said Figueres.
Her comments came as negotiators from nearly 200 countries were struggling to prepare draft agreements on how to move forward on greenhouse emissions cuts and climate aid for poor countries.
Some delegates worried that gains made at last year's climate talks in Durban, South Africa, were at risk of unraveling, as rich and poor nations bickered over how to pull the world away from a path of potentially dangerous warming.
'There is a mutual mistrust that is very clear,' said Brazil's chief negotiator Andre Aranha Correa do Lago. 'We need to get back to the spirit of Durban.'
Even in the face of a period of extreme weather where Arctic ice melt hastened at unprecedented rates and droughts, floods , fires , storms and cyclones raged around the world, even hitting and rehitting the developed world that tends to ignore such events in the developing world. Even in the face of Sandy the slow-moving U.N. process has failed to deliver a global pact to rein emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases
So will Doha actually achieve anything ....and if it doesn't what are you, we, all of us , planning to do ?