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The College of the Atlantic, Uni-Göttingen/Kassel Connection in Copenhagen

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Gang,

I am here now with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) at the COP15 in Copenhagen Denmark. The whole thing started on Monday the 7th. You’ve likely already heard enough about it – so all I can do is offer you this watch this short video by Annie Leonard if you have not already.

I am at the end of a presentation about agricultural development in the face of climate change in Africa at the COP15 on a study presented by IFPRI. The study itself is nothing to blog home about – it is clearly industrial agriculture focused driven by the funds from the World Bank and completely blind to the possibility for sustainable agriculture.  Sitting nearby (probably steaming as much as I am) are colleagues from IFOAM, FSC, Ugandan student-colleagues from Göttingen and  College of the Atlantic faculty member Doreen Stabinsky.

The NGO and side event section of the COP15 has been a gathering place for we movers and shakers. The feeling is very insular in a way as the Delegates walk through our crowd each morning on their way to meetings behind closed doors while we stay outside and pat each-other on the back for doing good.

It seems the general consensus is that not much will come of the COP15 in terms of real differences for climate change. However, it is nice to know that the solidarity is here for a better world. 350.org among other organizations are holding demonstrations in the halls daily. I see no way that the message that our community of activists and NGOs has not entered the minds of the people in the COP15 talks. However, when those seeds will sprout in the minds of the leaders we cannot say.

Finally. I just wanted to say that things are alright here and we are all here in good number. I’ll try to keep the blog updated and let you know how things progress.

Things to do:

Watch Story of Cap and Trade from the makers of Story of Stuff

Check out Cory’s Thoughts on Sustainable Practices for more from me about the COP15 from my perspective.

Spend some time on Al Gore’s websites http://www.algore.com/ and the website of http://www.350.org

Check out the Klimaforum

Hope and Pray.

Author: C. Whitney

I am an Independent consultant working with Organic farmers, wild collectors and conservation oriented communities in SE Asia. - Organic Consultant and Researcher, PhD candidate, Couchsurfing Ambassador, MOFGA Member, IFOAM Member, Organic Group Manager...

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