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Just a few more pictures and highlights from Chris’ time in Copenhagen.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu presenting a symbolic "Act Now" clock to Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The clock included a half million signatures.

On Friday night, I went to Klimaforum and looked at the exhibits, which included photography of places like the Maldive Islands, probably the first nation that will literally be underwater if sea level rise accelerates. Klimaforum is billing itself as the people’s forum and it certainly was. There were thousands of people there.  Check it out at www.klimaforum09.org

Saturday I listened to some of the speakers at the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Program at the Danish National Museum. I also looked at the Museum’s special exhibit on climate change that included a whole section about the “caribou people,” the Gwich’in people of northern Alaska.

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Clean energy expo

I spent most of Sunday at Bright Green, www.brightgreen.dk, a clean energy expo held at the city’s main convention center downtown. It was full of booths representing renewable energy companies, design firms, automobile makers, national trade representatives and consulting companies.  I had lots of great conversations and will be hauling back about five pounds of paper materials with me to Alaska to show my colleagues.

I was particularly interested in the universities that were there talking about sustainability curricula, and research and development.  I saw at least one technology I’d never seen before  – a design for wave power that allows the mechanism to rise out of the water during storms to avoid being damaged.  The company, Wave Star Energy, www.wavestarenergy.com, was started by a group of Danish brothers who conceived the design while sailing. There are so many businesses in this world that are grabbing onto the clean energy revolution! Unfortunately, it’s clear that America is behind the curve. The good news is there’s a huge amount of possibilities that lie untapped. Alaska still has a chance to be a leader if we seize the moment. (more…)

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