Direct from Copenhagen, Denmark - 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference - (8 – 18 December '09)

Acting as the official High Tide COP15 envoy, distinguished ecological artist Aviva Rahmani will be immersing herself in the burgeoning eco-political activism in the city and sharing her experiences with us via this daily blog.

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Sunday, 6 December 2009

Morning day 2 Copenhagen

Woke to sounds of Mai, the adorable three-year old, being fed breakfast by Oleg and dim Danish light and finally dagged myself out of bed at 9:AM. Oleg estimates at least 3,000 homes in Copenhagen have been opened to at least 10,000 visitors for the conference. I imagine there will be many bleary faces at reisgtartion today. An extremely pregnant Suzanne and I discussed their life here and what I could bring back from the market tonight. It feels like this conference will be quite different than conferences such as the College Art Association in the USA, where we all stay in expensive hotels in our intellectual bubbles. In awe, I pulled out my official letter from INSTAAR (Institute for Arctic & Alpine Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which I earned from my on-going collaboration with Dr. Jim White, the director, which is the golden fleece I'll take wth me to the Bella Center in just a few minutes. I'm leaving with Oleg, who is en route to a planning meeting for the Cultura 21 Nordic actions. I've invited him to blog an account later.

In the back of all our minds is a recent law passed by the Danes, which gives permission to the police to arrest anyone they consider suspicious for 12 hours and anyone they consider REALLY suspicious for 40 days without contact. Everyone I know is anxious to make clear peaceful statements but inevitably, there will be others with another agenda and I fear how innocents may be caught up in that, even myself.

Got two intersting responses from Gloria Orenstein & Lillian Ball already. To be continued later. We're leaving now.

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