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The Daily Commute to COP15

December 10, 2009

I wanted to document what my trip to and from the conference looks like. There are a lot of cool things about how Copenhagen is organized and how people get around.

A lot of little fun facts about this city are embedded in the captions below.

Daily Trip to COP15

The apartment where I'm staying. It's the second floor of the building. My hosts were kind enough to give me a key so I can get in and out whenever I need to.

Street that I take nearest to my host's appartment. They have blocks that are really 3x3 blocks, with all of the inner streets for pedestrians and bikes only. The outer streets are for cars.

Bikes! Everyone bikes here. It's awesome. They tax gasoline a lot so there is a strong incentive to use public transportation and bicycles to get around. They have two-lane bike lanes all over the city which makes it a lot more feasible to ride your bike, because you don't get stuck behind someone who is going slow.

Also, they hate it when people jaywalk or cross the street when the signal is red. It's like a social contract between pedestrians and cyclists/motorists.

The bridge I walk across every day to get to the Metro. During COP15, it is covered in red lights at a certain level that shows what a 7m rise in sea level would look like. That rise is what is projected if we continue with business-as-usual on our carbon emissions.

There are big neon signs on top of all of the apartment buildings. Their signage laws seem quite lax. You can't see it here, but they have one neon sign that animates a chicken laying eggs and the eggs spell out the name of one of the stores.

Also, all of the buildings here are mixed use. They have stores on the bottom and then a few stories of apartments on top. Which is exactly how you create a sustainable downtown area!

All the buildings here look just this amazing.

Hopenhagen is the campaign by a group trying to remind our leaders of the hope tha tpeople have for this conference. It's also sponsored by some typical corporations which kinda dilutes the messaging. But they were able to buy a ton of ads at the airport with all the money from the sponsors.

They take Christmas pretty seriously. This holiday market is always bustling. Also, a lot of people wear Santa hats around all day. Not as a joke, but just because that's the thing to do.

The Metro is really far underground and the escalators that get you there look pretty awesome.

Waiting for the Metro near my hosts's house. It is a 15 minute walk from where I am staying. Then it only takes 10 minutes on the Metro to get to the Bella Center. The trains come every 2 minutes so you never have to wait!

In the conference

This is the area where all of the NGOs get booths

One of the most well-known youth events if the "Fossil Fool of the Day" award. It is given to whichever country was most destructive in the negotiations that day.

You can't walk anywhere without bumping into some NGO (non-profit) doing an action of some sort to attract media and get their message out there.

There are always demonstrations of some sort at the metro stop right outside the Bella Center. Great place to get your message out.

This is the main lobby/hall of the Bella Center. It's always packed with delegates running between rooms.

We spend a lot of our time in meetings coordinating what we're doing that day. This is the daily meeting of the US youth. There are about a hundred of us in these meetings each day.

Trip home

The metro gets you anywhere you need to go in less than 10 minutes. There are no drivers on the trains! They are entirely automated.

They don't lock their bikes to anything! They just put a ring through the back tire and that has a key, so you'd have to carry the bike if you wanted to steal it. So awesome! The bikes line the street EVERYWHERE!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2009 9:30 pm

    I was hoping that hopenhagen was a limited edition hoppy beer for the event, but that would be hoppyhagen.

    Get on it.

  2. December 10, 2009 11:15 pm

    Hey Jeremy,
    This is a great opportunity for you to see a different culture and learn
    more about what you believe in. Now why couldn’t you just packed me up
    in a ‘BIG’ suitecase so I could’ve gone with you. Life is good I’ve been having lots of interviews this month just hope something turns up soon. Enjoy your time there and send lots of pictures and detail on what’s going on. I’ve seen the news about the conference and have been
    thinking of you. Take care and have fun.
    Aunt Paula

  3. December 11, 2009 7:31 am

    I made a response video just for you, I really hope you can give up the 8 minutes to watch it, it is crucially important to the state of our world.

    so not really, but i thought it was funny.

  4. December 11, 2009 9:47 am

    Oh my gosh, Mike! You’re hilarious. That video was great. “Not done….” “Two pair of gloves” “It’s really fun…. But yeah… It’s cold”

    Can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks!

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