What to do
Thursday, 03 December 2009 00:00
- Dance for Climate Change Concert
COP15 is kicked off with a huge concert in Denmark’s national football stadium on 7 December. Performers include acts like Akon and Shaggy, Danish musicians like Rasmus Seebach, Nahiba, Danseorkestret and Austrian group My Excellence who will be performing the official song of the Seal the Deal! campaign. More surprise acts will be announced later.
The concert is organised in support of the UN led Seal the Deal! campaign and is to send a clear message to world leaders, asking them to seal a powerful climate change agreement in Copenhagen.
The concert starts at 19.30 and tickets can be bought at www.billetlugen.dk
Venue: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
- Backstreet Boys performing for the climate
As part of MTV’s and the European Commission’s campaign “Play to stop: Europe for Climate,” the Backstreet Boys will be performing at the Vega concert venue in Copenhagen on 7 December.
For more information see www.mtvplay4climate.eu.
- Visit Klimaforum09 in DGI-byen where you can find workshops, exhibitions, theatrical performances and a number of films, concerts and other activities - all for free. Through a live video link between DGI-byen (Klimaforum09) and Bella Centre (COP15), Klimaforum09 makes it possible to follow the official negotiations as they proceed. Two daily briefings will ensure that participants can respond to the COP15 developments, e.g. by issuing agreed statements. See the programme here.
- 8 December: The winner of “REClimate” - a climate change film competition arranged by the UN and partners is presented at Klimaforum09 at 20.30.
More information at www.reclimate.net.
- 8-18 December: The GoodPlanet Foundation is organizing the Environmental Film Festival at the Danish Film Institute (DFI/Cinematek). The Festival offers free screenings of various movies on climate change and environmental issues.
- From 10am to 1pm: ‘6 billion Others - Climate Voices’ short movies and discussions about climate change.
- From 1pm to 5pm: Screening of documentaries, fictions and short, long or animation films. - From 5pm to 7pm: Debates with NGOs representatives and environmental experts!
- From 8pm to 11pm: Evening movie screening with engaged personalities (Al Gore, Rajendra Pachauri, Wangari Maathai, Nicolas Hulot, Franny Armstrong, Yann Arthus-Bertrand...)
The programme will be available soon at www.goodplanet.org.
Address: Gothersgade 55, next to Kings Square (opposite the King's Gardens). Free entry.
- Throughout the two-week conference, you can visit the Copenhagen Central Station where the Climate Express, which is powered by 100 % renewable energy, will serve as a mobile exhibition open to the public about low-carbon transport solutions.
- 100 places to remember before they disappear is an outdoor exhibition at Copenhagen's central square, Kongens Nytorv. The exhibition is open 24 hours a day until the 27 December 2009.
- 5 September – 28 February 2010: The Ice Burns is an exhibition about climate change in the Arctic. Virtually all Arctic species are likely to be affected by climate changes - most unfortunately in a negative direction. The exhibition focuses on this great problem and gives insight into which species, how and why they will be affected.
Venue: North Atlantic House in Copenhagen, Nordatlantens Brygge, Strandgade 91, 1401 Copenhagen K.
- Film festival shares stories on indigenous voices and climate change
During the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, the United Nations University, together with partners, is organising a film festival called “Indigenous Voices on Climate Change”.
The festival includes a collection of compelling stories from indigenous communities across the world highlighting on-the-ground local evidence of the real impacts of, and adaptations to climate change, right now.
See the programme here.
Venue: the National Museum of Denmark, Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen.
9-13 December from 16.00-18.00. Free admission.
- 10 December at 18.00: Interreligious ceremony for the climate in Gustavskirken, Folke Bernadottes Allé 4, 2100 Copenhagen Ø.
12 - 20 December 2009: In the Eye of Climate change - In the exhibition entitled In the Eye of Climate Change, Greenland businesses, organisations and authorities join forces to paint a portrait of modern Greenland. Here, visitors can learn about new forms of energy, Arctic technology, research and the future prospects for tourism, oil extraction and agriculture. Furthermore, there will be plenty of scope for experiencing Greenland’s culture, music and art.
Venue: North Atlantic House in Copenhagen, Nordatlantens Brygge, Strandgade 91, 1401 Copenhagen K.
Contemporary Art and Climate Change: RETHINK is an exhibition by 26 trendsetting Nordic and International contemporary artists who work in the cross field between art, culture and climate change.
RETHINK has been nominated “The Nordic Exhibition 2009-2010” by the Nordic Culture Foundation. The exhibition is part of the official culture programme for the UN climate conference, and can be seen at “Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art” from 31/10 09 – 27/12 09.
Venue: Oslo Plads, 2100 Copenhagen
For more information please see www.denfrie.dk
At the National Museum of Denmark you can see the exhibition Denmark from ice age to the future. The exhibition makes its contribution to the climate debate with knowledge of how and why the Danish climate and landscape have changed, from the freezing Ice Age through warm dark primal forest until today - with a peek into the future. The exhibition is free.
Venue: Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 Copenhagen K
Every day during the conference, you can visit the City Hall Square in Copenhagen, which will be transformed into a city of hope. Under the city sign ‘HopenhagenLIVE’, the municipality of Copenhagen will turn the City Hall Square into a centre of events focusing on the world’s climate challenges and future climate solutions. Hopenhagen will have several activities every day, among others the so-called ‘Experience Stations’, a stage, and a huge, interactive globe to light up December darkness. On the stage, musicians and speakers will gather the citizens around the messages, which will resonate among the negotiators in Bella Center.
At the same time, the City of Copenhagen together with mayors from large cities throughout the world, will demonstrate that cities are already leading the way to the innovative green solutions.
The 12 December day of action - Floods, Demonstrations, Vigils..
The 12th is the day for big events, with lots of people, in Copenhagen and all over the world!
In the morning on 12 December, Friends of the Earth International is organizing a flood for justice, to show that people can influence the governments and hold them to account. In the middle of the two weeks of negotiations, you are invited to ‘flood’ the streets of Copenhagen with your demands for climate justice.
The event will start at Klimaforum09 – the peoples’ climate summit - at 10.00 with a colourful procession moving as a human flood. The Flood will end with a flooding of Christiansborg Slotsplads – home of the Danish Parliament. Around 3000 people will participate in The Copenhagen Flood.”
The same day, starting at 13.00, demonstrators will march from Parliament Square (Christiansborg Slotsplads) to Bella Center, the venue of the UN Climate Talks. The march is about six kilometres and will take about 2 ½ - 3 hours to walk. There will be a few speakers at the starting point, and at Bella Center there will be a broader range of speakers and music.
The slogan of the demonstration is Planet First – People First and everybody is encouraged to bring their own slogans and banners. Click here for further information.
13 December at 11.30: Countdown to Co2penhagen
The world famous archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize laureate from South Africa, Desmond Tutu will hand over Countdown to Co2penhagen’s petition to UN Executive Secretary of UNFCCC Yvo de Boer. Afterwards, the international Danish group Outlandish will be performing.
The World Wants a Real Deal - Global Candlelight Vigils
On the weekend of December 12, TckTckTck and its partners will gather citizens in every corner of the world for the next massive global day of action. The message is clear: the world wants a real deal!
People around the world will organize thousands of candlelight vigils, as well as marches, "signature walls", and other positive events over the entire weekend.
13 December: Church Bells ringing: 350 strokes for the climate
The World Council of Churches and the Climate Change Working Group of the National Council of Churches in Denmark are putting together an event blending climate activism and a moral call to action from the world's churches. At 15.00 the service in the Cathedral of Copenhagen will end with the bell ringing 350 tolls. All churches in Denmark are invited to join in, and at the global level the World Council of Churches is promoting the initiative.
Ring bells, or drums or whatever kind of religious noise you can make, all over the world 350 times at 15.00, local time, and join this interreligious initiative.
16 December: Earth Hour Copenhagen presents a lantern procession through Copenhagen.
At 16.00, the Planetarium opens the doors for everyone who wants to make lanterns. The singers Simon Mathew and Ida Corr will enter the stage at 17.00, and at 18.00 the lantern procession will walk through Tivoli and enter the town hall square (Rådhuspladsen) at 19.00 when Copenhagen turns off the light of the city. The light will be off until 20.00.
Join Earth Hour Copenhagen on Facebook and follow the campaign on Twitter.
Eating in Copenhagen:
If you plan to go to Copenhagen but are worried about where you can actually eat without harming the environment, here is your answer. The website Klima+ has made a map of all the climate friendly restaurants in Copenhagen.
10 civic restaurants from across Europe will be feeding the demonstrators and others visiting Copenhagen. The two largest kitchens will be placed at KlimaForum09 at Onkel Dannys Plads on Vesterbro and in front of Folkets Hus on Nørrebro. The rest of the kitchens will be placed around Copenhagen. Eating at the civic restaurants will be free, but everybody who can afford it is encouraged to pay 2-3 euro per meal.
Another way to be part of what is going on in Copenhagen is by volunteering to help out at the big event.
Volunteering Klimafoum09 is a unique opportunity to be at the centre of events, when the world’s attention is fixed on Copenhagen. As volunteer you become part of a team, working actively to solve climate problems. You can among other things help receive the foreign guests at Klimaforum09, set up concert scenes or prepare food for 5,000 people at the organic catering center. Klimaforum09 are looking for people with all kinds qualifications, so don’t hesitate to contact them.
Live from Copenhagen
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- Tutu demanding climate aid to developing countries
- ”What do we want? Climate justice!”
- Sunday 13: Desmond Tutu at the City Hall Square