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[16 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,042 views]
Shut Out the Voices, Get Lost in the Solutions

For those who have been following mainstream news would probably be aware that thousands of people have been arrested and detained…We could try, but have to try very hard, to understand when a percentage of non-governmental organisations and observers not directly engaged in the negotiations have to make way as the COP15 roll the red carpet for high-level and head of states if “building capacity” and security is their key concern…This is the critical make or break moment, as many have said – the deal could only be sealed successfully if all voices are heard

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[14 Dec 2009 | 6 Comments | 4,258 views]
Please don’t flock to your own feather!

I was mildly disappointed to realise that I would not be able to access any key negotiation events given the limited entry only to parties and observers. Sitting right here in confusion, attempting to recollect the overall very overwhelming experience so far and thinking about how to deliver a certain message through this post, a frustrated but strong message started ringing in my head repeatedly: “This is not enough!”

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[12 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 1,284 views]
Dec 12, 2009 -The largest demonstration ever for climate change.

it was one of my most enjoyable experiences in Copenhagen so far – the peaceful yet vividly colourful demonstration consisting very diverse demands – all ultimately protested against further threats from climate change. The demonstrations consisted of voices from the marginalised, voices from specific nations, voices to specific nations, voices against the lack of political will, anti-capitalist voices.

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[12 Dec 2009 | 6 Comments | 3,842 views]
A ‘wicked’ way of looking at Climate Change

Using solutions such as market restructuring, commodification of carbon as a tradable good, reliance on a single policy regime or protocol based on economic values is just an attempt to approach a new problem using the same old methods….there is a need for real communication across sectors in order for us to counter-act as a planet against the crisis – climate change..

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[12 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,031 views]
Buzzzz… Here comes the debate for ICT and IP rights.

This is the scene of the panel discussion of ICT and IP for Climate Change solutions: a symphony of clicking on laptops on a certain corner of the room, basically everyone was well-groomed in their business suit, wearing identical facial expressions while speakers were making their speeches. Seated on the panel are dignified men in suits with an almost natural authoritative charisma generated from their unquestionable experience in the industry. A small, very much marginalised group of climate concerned individuals with social backgrounds, agricultural interests or a sceptic such as myself were scattered in the room…

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[10 Dec 2009 | 6 Comments | 4,029 views]
Listen to the voices of the (un)heard

This is an article starts with the common debate about the lack of political will and other complexities of the problem of climate change from a social point of view, which leads to the ultimate solution that would bring much quicker results before the COP finish their rounds of debate on procedural matters…

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[9 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 1,083 views]
So what is happening outside the conference?

walking along the streets when it’s 4pm, feeling like its 9pm in the evening, with the ice-cold wind penetrating into every cell of your skin – winter in Copenhagen is not exactly the best tourist season. Yet you see international faces everywhere. COP 15 booths in the airport with friendly volunteers showing you the way to get around the city, COP15 buses humming along the roads…

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[5 Dec 2009 | 6 Comments | 4,267 views]
Writing for G1 Billion: Valerie Kwan

Valerie is very excited to be writing for G 1Billion! Being naturally very inquisitive about everything happening around the world while struggling to make sense out of it, Valerie will be writing exploratory articles inspired by her experience in Copenhagen during the historical moment when COP15 takes place. And yes, she does think that everyone should take their part of the responsibility to be part of the solution.