Blog Update!
For those of you not following me on Facebook, as of the Summer of 2019 I've moved to Central WA, to a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people.

I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Going to Copenhagen

The Huffington Post Green is running a contest to pick a citizen "Hopenhagen Ambassador" from their readers to go to Copenhagen in mid-December on behalf of their organization to do some reporting 'n shit. Or something like that.

If you are interested in applying, you can read more about it here (you have until December 3rd to enter). The opportunity sounds extremely cool.

For those of you who don't know anything about the UN Copenhagen Climate Conference, it is a meeting in Denmark where the world's leaders will decide whether there will be a framework on limiting carbon emissions before the Kyoto protocol expires and the before the amount of carbon in the atmosphere climbs to irreversible levels.

From HuffPost Green: is working to connect every person, city and nation with what is happening at the conference in Copenhagen, believing that citizens can help push the fate of the planet down a positive path by showing political leaders that the citizens of the world passionately want them to reach an agreement that would limit how much carbon emissions each country would produce.

Leaders are shying away from making these commitments, and wants to show there is a strong political will to set emissions targets -- which would mean more green jobs, and a more sustainable future for people everywhere.

So, what I want to know is, if you went to Copenhagen as a citizen ambassador and had access as official press, what would you hope to achieve, what kind of message about global climate change would you try to get across not only to the world's leaders, but also to the citizens of the world?


Bad Hippie said...

Wow! Press access? That's awesome.

I'd honestly have to find a new angle that would inspire the naysayers, if possible. An angle that would make those folks who think climate change is a dream realize that it is happening NOW!

Alternatively, I'd really like to hear solutions...feasible solutions, that governments could logically and willingly undertake, as well as solutions and an action plan for every day people.

My biggest frustration with gloom and doom stories is feeling like my contributions do not make a difference. I would want to address that, so other folks could have hope, too.

Greenpa said...

I've been to three, as a scientist, giving papers.

It's an incredible experience, to be sure- and likely to be exhausting.

But worth it. If you're interested- go for it. DON'T be intimidated by the idea you may not be up to it- folks at these things are mostly- folks. If your brain works, you'll fit in fine.