Archive for December, 2009

Coming Out of Copenhagen

The big question now, as the dust settles and media and world leaders alike bring their presence and focus back from Copenhagen to the world at large: what next?  Absent universal agreement and legally-binding legislation to show us the path forward on climate change solutions, where are we and where do we go from here?

The answers are as varied as the participants at Copenhagen themselves: some remain optimistic, others are discouraged and despondent.  It’s true that COP15 didn’t produce the real and concrete outcomes many were hoping for … but like many, we’re choosing to regard it not as the end of an effort, but the beginning of an important path forward.  Through the lens provided by our COP correspondent team of Olivia Zaleski and Gabriel London, we observed plenty of disparities of words and actions among leaders and nations … but we also witnessed the power of the individual demanding (sometimes violently) to have a voice.  By all accounts, the number of engaged citizens that gathered in Copenhagen over the last two weeks — some in the spirit of goodwill, others in animosity – was staggering.  Regardless of their view or voice, they were all there in the name of an issue they care deeply about …and that’s the kind of personal passion that gives us hope as we look to the future and contemplate what’s next.

Regardless of the climate conference outcome, there are things we can and should be doing as part of our commitment to Earthkeeping – from making environmentally-conscious decisions about the products we buy and the energy we use, to participating in local community greening initiatives, to urging our legislators to support climate change solutions.  For our part, Timberland will continue to push to reduce our impact on the environment — and continue to encourage others to do the same.  We didn’t entirely expect a global agreement coming out of Copenhagen, and we don’t need one to keep on as we have been, modifying our operations and our products to lessen our carbon footprint and create positive environmental action.  The lack of agreement in our post-Copenhagen reality doesn’t derail our efforts or stall our progress or diminish our passion for creating global standards for greenhouse gas emissions … nor does it prevent us from being optimistic that COP15 wasn’t the end of the road, but rather the starting line for an important journey still ahead of us.

Share your thoughts with us about all things Copenhagen here … how was our coverage, what are your thoughts about the outcome, how hopeful are you about the future?  And then please stay tuned — we look forward to sharing news of our progress and projects for 2010 with you soon.

Young Rally Through The 11th Hour

Any "adult" who laments today’s youth are apathetic, uninvolved and politically disinterested hasn’t been reading his or her newspaper. Every paper, whether The New York Times or China’s Reference News, is covering the massive outpouring of youth energy and activism convening in Copenhagen.

The city is packed–absolutely packed–with young people from around the world, many crashing on friend’s couches, in local hostels or, worse, sleeping outside in frigid temperatures in hopes of influencing these last few hours of United Nations Climate Negotiations. Although some have clashed in protests with Danish police , the majority are rallying peacefully and remaining hopeful through the 11th hour.

Check out our recent video on the diversity of YOUTH ACTIVISM in Copenhagen . . .

Dispatch #4: Week 2 Heats Up

Week 2: The Brass Tracks

by Gabriel London

It’s week 2 of the Copenhagen Climate Conference and the Bella Center has never been more crowded. Copenhagen Dispatch with Olivia Zaleski #4 marks a new chapter in our coverage because we get into the brass tacks of negotiation: developed vs. developing nations. The conclusion of this conversation in Copenhagen will either yield us a deal or come up short. And your voices – dear viewers – can make all the difference.

As we began the week, with the protest fresh in our minds , we thought we would find a story inside the Bella Center that pitted the developing world against the rich nations like the US and UK. What we uncovered along the way , however, was not so much an insurmountable divide between the rich and poor nations, but instead a unifying bridge, embodied by Ed Milliband , head negotiator for the UK, and Ambassador Dessima Williams , UN representative from Grenada and chairwoman of the much discussed bloc of island nations, AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States ).

We’re hitting the home stretch and word is that Hillary Clinton herself will be here to lend the US its strongest negotiating hand . We gonna chronicle it up to the end (well, almost, because it seems we’re headed home Friday as Obama arrives!).

Copenhagen is buzzing. Stay tuned for all that’s left to come . . .

STAY EDUCATED!

FOR MORE ON: – The Struggle Faced by Small Island Nations visit this recent collection of videos and reporting featured on: The Huffington Post .
And for Ed Miliband and the UK’s Ambition for a Global Deal in Copenhagen visit: actoncopenhagen.decc.gov.uk .

DISPATCH VIDEOS BEHIND THE SCENES

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Copenhagen Dispatch 3: Protest in the Streets

What a day it was! The sun came out in Copenhagen and so did the protesters. Mostly a peaceful, huge demonstration, but not without a taste of anarchist violence that we captured on film. Check out our latest dispatch below. 2 in a day! Not bad… thanks to Peter’s quick editing.

COPENHAGEN DISPATCH #2: YOUTH ACTION

Check out our latest video dispatch on youth activism at COP15!

Boston Globe! Thanks for the Shout.

Well this is nice! One of my favorite newspapers, "The Boston Globe," is apparently excited about the work Gabriel and I are doing. This morning, Globe staff touted our COP15 coverage in the popular "business minutes" section, saying . . .

Timberland Co. , the trendy New Hampshire cobbler, is dabbling in the
news business, featuring a series of reports on the United Nations
Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen at a special website,
www.earthkeeper.com/ActionCenter.

Timberland prides itself on having a social conscience, and its
Copenhagen reports are tied into its current "Don’t Tell Us It Can’t
Be Done" campaign, which encourages citizens to challenge their
political leaders on emissions standards.

Timberland said its Copenhagen initiative is featuring reports by
Olivia Zaleski, "green correspondent" of "The Business of Green" on CNN
and Gabriel London, a documentary filmmaker and writer.

In a press release, Timberland said, "For the next two weeks, Olivia
and Gabriel will be sharing the view from Copenhagen through videos
and blog posts, interviews with key leaders attending the conference,
and coverage of key events."

To read the full "Globe and Mail" article, click here .

“COPENHAGEN” TOPS GOOGLE TRENDS

This is interesting!

Yesterday, the word “COPENHAGEN” became the most searched term on Google, beating out–you betcha–”Tiger Woods” et al. Looks like the world IS, in fact, interested in the issues of climate change and–more specifically–the events going down, right here at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP15.

According to our friends at Treehugger.com, “Copenhagen” beat out “Woods” then jostled between the first and second seed of the most searched terms in the world. Woods

Also in Google’s Top Ten yesterday, “EPA” and today I noticed “nasa climate change,” in Google’s Top Five. Versions of “summit copenhagen” “climate copenhagen,” “climate change copenhagen,” and “COP15.”

Treehugger’s Brian Merchant, who first noticed the trending terms, posted the below graph yesterday. It shows the activity of some of the top search terms . . . blue represents “copenhagen;” red is for “global warming;” orange = “climate change” and green is the term “climategate.” Take a closer look though . . . as Brian first noted, except in the case of “climategate,” queries have spiked sharply since Monday, when the conference commenced.

INTERESTING, what do you think that means . . .

But of course, the real news here is that people–all over the world–care about climate change. And Brian certainly says it best with his concluding statement, “if anything can surpass a scandal of Tiger Woods’ proportions, it’s over 180 nations working together to build a roadmap to re-stabilize our natural world.” Amen.

CHECK OUT OUR FIRST DISPATCH FROM COPENHAGEN

For more dispatches from Copenhagen check out the Earthkeepers Youtube Channel HERE .