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After lunch on Saturday, I wandered over to Parliament Square (Christianborg) to see how many people had begun assembling for the planned march to the Bella Center.  I watched a group of highly organized volunteers unloading thousands of placards and signs from a truck, hanging up banners, preparing the stage and cooking huge pots of vegetable soup.  When I retuned an hour later, the crowd had begun to build.  By the time the speakers came on stage at 1 p.m., there were (by Danish Policy estimates) 100,000 people there. (A New York Times story put the number at tens of thousands.)

Vandana Shiva

I was right in front of the stage.  For about an hour the crowd heard from a diverse group of people, including a huge Bollywood movie star, a Peruvian supermodel, and a member of the Danish Parliament. Vandana Shiva, an Indian author and activist seemed to really resonate with (more…)

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Melting polar bear skeleton

Just nearing the end of my first 24 hours here and it already seems like I’ve been here a lot longer.  The first thing I saw in the airport when I got off the plane was this ad by Greenpeace exhorting President Obama to make something happen here at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change.

There’s a lot to do outside of the official Summit – talks, exhibitions, films and music.  There’s also thousands of people here who came to march in the street to bring attention to the issue.  This morning, I took this picture of a group of protestors chanting “Change Your Business, Not Your Climate.” All of Denmark’s police men and women are in town, which is causing the government to pay a lot of overtime.  I understand the result will be a large percentage of them will be taking vacation after the Summit is over, something that’s not making some of the locals very happy.  All the activity is keeping the police busy, and I frequently hear sirens punctuating the air. (more…)

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