Lisa Blinkenberg is International Coordinator with Amnesty International in Denmark and is part of the Amnesty International COP15 delegation.
I have arrived at the COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark with tens of thousands of people from all over the world to witness what will be one of the important two weeks in modern times. I am one of about 15,000 delegates who have descended on the Bella Centre in Copenhagen to put pressure on governments to reach a Fair, Ambitious and Binding agreement by 18 December.
It was motivating and encouraging to watch the handover of the TckTckTck petition to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and COP 15 President and Danish Climate Minster Connie Hedegaard. Over 10 million people signed it, which demonstrates the unprecedented public desire for an agreement. Amnesty International activists took part in the petition campaign as well.
Connie Hedegaard opened the session with the words: “We need to get a deal now, there is a political will.” Symbolic Danish lego blocks symbolized the building blocks of the deal, and a candle expressed that time is running out.
A group of activists said that the world talks in one common language when it seeks ‘climate justice’. The spokesperson spoke passionately about our duty towards future generations and wanting her children to be able live on her beautiful islands of origin, the Fiji islands. It brought a sense of how much the outcome of this conference will affect the lives of people everywhere, but especially the poorest and most marginalized people around the world.
The campaigning activities will be building over the next two weeks. Watch this space to hear more from Amnesty International’s delegation.