From Claremont to Copenhagen

A Pomona College senior is at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, blogging. Grace Vermeer is writing about her experience at COP15 on the college’s Environmental Analysis Program website,

The opening day ceremony “began with a video full of activist imagery — scared children running from climate change induced floods and storms, their teddy bears falling in their wake,” Vermeer writes, eyes rolling.

She finds the protesters “a bit obnoxious” and the delegates seemingly more interested in networking than working. She’s not crazy about the “Hopenhagen” slogan promoted by the city’s mayor: “Just because it rhymes doesn’t mean it’s clever.”

President Obama is scheduled to arrive today and we’ll see how Vermeer takes it all in.

She’s there with Pomona senior Dawn Bickett, Scripps senior Elizabeth DeGori, two University of Texas students and Pomona political professor Richard Worthington, all granted observer status as a research, nongovernmental organization.

The conference began Monday and ends Dec. 18. The purpose is to come up with a global climate change agreement to replace the Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012.

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  • shirley wofford

    Hi David,

    I am ashamed to say that I haven’t allotted enough time to be well-educated on this issue. I have not seen “An Inconvenient Truth.” A couple summers ago, Grand Performances at CA Plaza showed the movie on a Saturday night, and Al Gore and Tipper Gore were there in person. I can’t believe, now, that I did not take the opportunity to go to that program.

    Your student does not mention Gore here, but I would think that no world climate change conference would take place without his presence. If she meets him there, hopefully, she won’t find him obnoxious.

    [Are you saying you didn’t see Al’s movie because doing so wasn’t convenient? … Thanks, I’ll be here all week. — DA]