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Copenhagen 2009: A Series of ReportsThe United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 7-18, was a significant milestone in global climate negotiations. Recognizing that most E2 members would not able to attend the conference in person, we prepared daily updates from our members and NRDC colleagues who were there. These informal reports covered not only the content and highlights of the meetings, but also the impressions and experiences of our associates with "feet on the street" in Copenhagen - in video, photo and blog format.
Below is our first report in full, followed by links to the remaining seven reports from the conference. Please contact us if you have any questions about the content here.
E2 Daily Report from Copenhagen - December 7, 2009
A special series of updates from the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, DenmarkTop stories of the day
Eric Young, NRDC's Senior Press Secretary for Climate and Energy, writes to us upon arrival in Copenhagen:
Today I got my credentials to enter the climate summit in Copenhagen. This was unlike the first days I have experienced in the past. I stood in the longest line I have stood in for quite some time (appoximately 3 hours) just to get my credentials. In Bali, the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP, which is the abbreviation we use to refer to these December climate meetings) in 2007, there was no line on the first day. A three-hour line is just another indication that this will be a special meeting.
One thing all COPs have in common are the presence of passionate climate activists who use every tool they can to draw public attention to the climate crisis and shame, embarrass, harass, cajole the delegates into doing the right thing. Arguably the best of these efforts is the Fossil of the Day. The award of Fossil of the Day, which is announced with the theme music of Jurassic Park playing in the background, is an award that goes to the countries judged by the Climate Action Network (CAN) to have performed the worst during the past day's negotiations at UN climate change conferences.
Today's first prize went to all industrialized countries "for an overwhelming lack of ambition, as Annex 1 countries seem to be in a race to the bottom as the world looks on in horror. Here is their award.
Second place went to Austria, Finland and Sweden for "trying to cook the books and reap unfair gains because of their large existing forests. Last place went to Canada and Saudi Arabia .
And lastly, here is one of the presenters:
I would recommend going to Fossil of the Day and following them during the conference. They are a great combination of substance and style.
Our E2 Colleagues in Copenhagen
The E2 members that we know are attending so far include Dan Miller, Managing Director of The Roda Group; Lee Stein, Chairman and CEO of Virtual Group, LLC; Meg Caldwell, Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions and Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program at Stanford University; Holly Kaufman, CEO of Environment and Enterprise Strategies; Wendy James, President of Better World Group; Nicholas Eisenberger, Managing Principal of GreenOrder; and Michel Gelobter, Founder and CEO of Cooler, Inc.
NRDC Expert Reports
Several NRDC staff will be blogging about Copenhagen on Switchboard. The full list of blogs can be found here. The most recent blogs are listed below:
December 8 report
December 9 report
December 11 report
December 14 report
December 15 report
December 17 report
December 18 report