Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Today is the 9th day of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (and my forth day in Copenhagen) negotiations for a cleaner future. This negotiated future is to be based on renewable energy, creates truly green jobs, and forces oil companies clean up their spills, and lead to the building of community gardens. Well, at least that's part of my hope for the future.
Preparing for my journey to Copenhagen I stumbled upon many news and blogging sites announcing the strong presence of climate justice activists that have sent a powerful message for just legislation that will benefit everyone. A big hoot to them.
Upon arriving we scurried on the metro, which is free to all UNFCCC-accredited participants, I waited in line for a few hours in the freezing temperatures that my San Antonian butt dislikes very much and went through what was like airport security. Ultimately, my epic journey to get my credentials was a failure, and I felt it a waste of my time instead of taking part in one of the biggest and most historic marches in the world. (read JJ's blog titled 100,000 in Copenhagen march for Climate Justice)
My initial thought was of all the important meetings I was going to miss out on, the key decisions and network opportunities. After attending the Klimaforum, which is the independent Peoples Climate Summit, I felt that this is the space where all the decisions that will initially change the world are taking place. The estimation has been around 25,000 people were there talking about grassroots-level organizing, learning, educating, networking, and taking part in actions and protests.
As the days go by there is a sense of urgency from people of color in Copenhagen trying to get the real issue across instead of the image of violence, an image that i have yet to see. This is important because these talks will affect the rest of our lives and the real voices who are on the frontline of climate change are being shut down by larger environmental groups and the industrialized governments.
From Copenhagen La Lucha Continua!