Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mellow Drama for Climate Change COP15 civil society preparations: A Report from Denmark on the Come2gether Climate Camps

The Come2gether Climate Camps ended on 15th August in Copenhagen with a roadshow. A very Scandinavian way of demonstrating their concerns on climate change, but have to state that it was somewhat confusing to many Southern participants as to what was intended to be achieved. There was no audience other than the participants themselves. Held on a Saturday afternoon, the streets too were not filled with shoppers or tourists, sans the politicians and administrators of Denmark. The intensity expected from climate campaign was absent, but as its name suggested a COME TOGETHER of climate interested people and not the experts or decision makers. Therefore, the day ended with a party!

The week prior to 15th August saw nine Danish folk high schools conducting simultaneous climate camps and finally making 7 promises to be presented during COP15 in December. This was a diverse group of people from across the world, mainly young and inexperienced in climate issues and negotiations. The different folk high schools had different approaches towards their interpretation of the climate challenge. Some schools were more focus on content and dialogue as well. The programmes had a more Danish flavour than being international. The issues were presented with a Western outlook, which falls short of bringing to focus the Southern issues in its deepest emotions and intricacies. The dialogues could have been longer and deeper, rather than spending more focus on long lectures by Danish NGOs, think tanks, academics and researchers. more time to debate the 7 promises would have been better, than spending time excessively on preparing climate songs, drama, demonstrations etc., that is if the 7 promises were to be the main outcome?

However, in a way the Come2gether Climate Camps provided a good setting for a climate sustainability PLATFORM, where opinion, ideas, suggestions and experiences from the common people from the world are shared. This group may not be able to influence the world leaders or the negotiators at the upcoming COP15 in December, but they certainly can take back some ideas to their own communities in preparation for the future climate challenges. Whether these would include the 7 promises is to be seen!

The 7 promises are on facebook as follows;
1. We promise to spread the message:
2. We promise to consume less and smarter:
3. We promise to advocate climate solutions:
4. We promise to learn from nature:
5. We promise to be the example:
6. We promise to care for people:
7. We promise to act now:

see more at Anyone wishing further details should contact Berit Asmussen ( or Line Ellemann-Jensen ( (reported by Uchita de Zoysa of the Climate Sustainability PLATFORM.)

1 comment:

Pan said...

Why posted as a picture instead of a text. This makes it more difficult tu use anything fro the post, especially the links in the end.