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Hanging out for a FAB deal by Chuck Baclagon
December 17, 2009, 9:30 pm
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While our mock head of state was crashing the Queen’s dinner party, other Greenpeace volunteers were out on the streets of Copenhagen, climbing lamp posts to carry on our theme of the day – politicians talk, leaders act. Hailing from all over Europe – Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, Israel, and the Czech Republic – 24 people hung around with banners before 21 were taken away by police.

Greenpeace activists demand action from world leaders in Copenhagen

Greenpeace activists demand action from world leaders in Copenhagen

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Greenpeace “Head of State” crashes Queen’s dinner to send a message to world leaders by Chuck Baclagon
December 17, 2009, 8:11 pm
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Tomorrow is the last day of the UN climate summit and, by all accounts, the negotiations have descended into complete chaos. The voice of civil society has been increasingly marginalized. There has been no leadership from the developed countries that created the climate crisis. The pleas for survival by developing countries have been ignored. So we’ve taken action to demand leadership in the final 24 hours in order to save these talks and establish a real deal in Copenhagen.

Just moments ago, Greenpeace’s very own Head of State arrived at the Queen’s gala dinner for real Heads of State, 120 of whom are now here for the climate talks. Our distinguished faux-world leader and her entourage entered the dinner and held up two banners reading “Politicians Talk, Leaders Act.” We’re sitting here watching coverage of the action on Danish news as I type. We’re still waiting for photos, but you can see a pic on this Danish news site.

Here’s a short behind-the-scenes video, livestreamed from our Head of State’s motorcade earlier this evening as they approached Parliament:

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Leaked documents prove current climate offers are crap by Chuck Baclagon
December 17, 2009, 6:56 pm
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With the Copenhagen talks going nowhere fast, a leaked document (pdf) has caused some excitement here in the Greenpeace office and throughout the campaigning fraternity here in the Danish capital. Actually, that’s probably an understatement, and Greenpeace ED Kumi is calling this “the single most important piece of paper in the world today”.

What’s worth such claims? The document, dated this Tuesday 15 December, is a UN memo analysing the pledges made by developed nations and some others in the run-up to Copenhagen. From this information they’ve calculated that if that’s all that comes out of the deal tomorrow, we’re on track for global temperatures rises of around 3C.

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Kumi reflects on Copenhagen from the Rainbow Warrior by Chuck Baclagon

Our Executive Director and chair of the tcktcktck campaign, Kumi Naidoo, writes from the Rainbow Warrior II in Copenhagen. Kumi is pictured above (second from the left) with the ship's captain and crew.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Sitting in the Rainbow Warrior, which is presently anchored in Copenhagen, I am pleased to mark my first month with Greenpeace. I can think of no better place to do it, on board a ship that is synonymous with hope. I feel pleased, proud and privileged to be spending the night onboard with the crew, and earlier this evening I also met and talked with some 150 dedicated Greenpeace volunteers camped a few metres away from the ‘Warrior’. Tomorrow, I look forward to spending the night with the crew of the Arctic Sunrise, also docked in Copenhagen.

It is a refreshing break from pacing the halls of the Bella Center, an all-too-brief respite and opportunity for reflection.

We are all here to bear witness to the momentous events unfolding at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. The summit has thrown me into the middle of the biggest challenge we face, it has thrown me into a maelstrom: the struggle to avert catastrophic climate change. A baptism of fire, but also an incredible opportunity for me to meet so many more Greenpeace people, all of you doing what you do best.

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Copenhagen Diary 7 | Flopenhagen by Chuck Baclagon
December 17, 2009, 12:23 am
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“We want Copenhagen to not be remembered as a ‘Flopenhagen’, we want a Hopenhagen.”

That was the closing remark of Kumi Naidoo – Greenpeace International Executive Director at the side event on the 1st day of the COP15 to demand the Fair, Ambitious, Binding deal to the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

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Copenhagen Diary 6 | Undemocratic fashions inside the Bella Center by Chuck Baclagon
December 15, 2009, 8:29 am
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Late morning on Sunday, I was asked by Penchom Tang and Kingkorn Narinthon Na Ayutthaya- Thai Working Group for Climate Justice’s colleagues to help taking 9 community leaders from Thailand to participate in “Hit the Production” action conducted by Climate Justice Now! “Hit the Production” Action will target the harbour with a mass blockade as the global shipping industry is at the heart of capitalism, a key symbol of an industrial System that is based on grow and the use of fossil fuels.

‘Sure, I can help” I said.
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Code REDD by Chuck Baclagon

Discussions at these climate talks are often in a highly specialized language that some of us like to call “Alphabet Soup” – because it is conducted almost entirely in acronyms. One such cup o’ soup we’ve been hearing a lot about lately is REDD, which stands for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation.” So I thought I’d give you an as-brief-as-possible update on where the negotiations on REDD are at, and what we’re pushing for.
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