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The view from space

December 7, 2009

Saying the UN climate conference took over downtown Copenhagen is like saying Space is big — a vast understatement.

The view from the entrance of Hopenhagen's downtown festival, part of a campaign by the City of Copenhagen for carbon neutrality.

The conference absolutely overwhelmed downtown. A roughly 20-foot high globe is slap bang in the middle of city hall square. The spherical TV screen is probably visible from Space.

Fluorescent green temporary buildings fill out the square, all housing different displays associated with a new Copenhagen City plan called Hopenhagen. The campaign is leading the city towards carbon neutrality.

A major TV station even broadcast live from the square tonight. We appeared live, see our Flickr feed for proof.

How do we know all this? We were led from the negotiations to city hall by a line of free buses after we left the Bella Center. The City hosted a reception for COP15 participants.

All in all, the detailed, tangible progress of the negotiations is just beginning. But the host city is putting on a heck of a show, and it’s exhilarating to be a part of.

With the world watching, Copenhagen knows how to lead by example.

For my initial thoughts on the conference itself, see my Indy Star blog entry  A grown up science fair?

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