All Roads Lead to Copenhagen
Thursday, December 3, 2009
ThWallace in Business & Economy, Communications Strategies, Copenhagen, David Kroodsma, Dickinson College, Green-Related, Roz Savage, Science & Technology, Secretary Chu, climate ride

No matter the outcome, there are a lot of people heading to Copenhagen.  Everyone brings a message from each one of their corners of the world.  While we see this in the United Nations on a regular basis, this is truly a unique event.  There are many individuals, in addition to organizations that will be an important part of raising awareness to the issues and contributing to the debate.


Walk, Bike, or Document the Talk

Many will arrive by plane.  But some will walk, some will bike, and some will just travel via the internet to get to Copenhagen. Two amazing adventurers that I've recently met via Climate Ride 2009, will be going (or hoping to go) to Copenhagen with adventure as their vehicle to raise awareness.  In the video above, David Kroodsma is vying to bring his story of biking 21,000 miles through North and South America to raise awareness about climate change.  I'm supporting his campaign to be the ambassador for the Hopenhagen project as a reporter in partnership with The Huffington Post.  Be sure to vote!

Fellow Climate Rider and world famous ocean rower Roz Savage has walked with four other women from Great Britain, with a ferry passage across the English Channel, to Belgium to board the Climate Express to Copenhagen.  Check out the photos from their inspiring walk and follow Roz as she blogs from the road

Lastly, students from Dickinson College, my alma mater, will embark on a unique class room experience in the coming days, to document the Copenhagen process as part of the class, from Kyoto to Copenhagen and follow their photostream.

Making Their Mark at Home

While some people will be making their own mark by arriving in unique ways, others in the U.S. are making their mark at home.  The Washington Post today covered some internal wrangling inside the United States government with the story about a "Controversial economist probing cost of proposed new air pollution rule " specifically "an economist working at the Office of Management and Budget has raised questions about whether a new air pollution rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would impose too high a cost on coal-fired power plants."

With Secretary Chu's remarks from the Youth Clean Energy Economy Forum in regards to coal's place in the future energy portfolio of the US (he predicted being able to include coal as part of the energy mix and reducing 90% of its carbon emissions at the same time), Copenhagen clearly won't be the only place where the debate will be taking place (see video Part I above).

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