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Can’t think of a good title for this one, but it’s about eco stuff and bad Wi-Fi

So my ambitious plans to post consistently while here in Copenhagen have not transpired, although through no fault of my own – the wireless connection that I was promised [two days before leaving home] “in the whole hotel” has turned out to be the most fickle Wi-Fi I’ve ever had the displeasure of encountering. It’s almost never available in the room, and only occasionally in the lobby. And then only on some people’s computers. Argh!!

As you can imagine, this is not going down particularly well with the 92 bloggers who are here for the TH!NK event.

Had a pretty full day of seminars and lecures today, the most amazing of which was a presentation from a man who lives on an island here in Denmark with a population of 4,000 people – and they have managed to not only be self-sustaining in their energy needs, but actually to produce more than they require, and export to the mainland. This is done through wind turbines that the islanders actually invested in themselves – a huge undertaking for this tiny population … and which has given them an amazing self-confidence and assurance that everything is possible. Totally ispiring, and if this hotel computer wasn’t so inadequate [the browser only allows me to have one window or tab open at the same time, it’s like we’re in the dark ages here] I would find their website and link to it. As it is, I can’t even remember the name of the island [Sønder? – something like that].

Anyway, time to quit while I’m ahead, particularly since wake-up call tomorrow is before 7 am to get on a bus at 8 and go visit a village that is totally self-sustainable. Today we were equipped with Flip HDs, so expect some videos soon of compost toilets and solar panels. Ta for now!

[ps weather has been nice, but due for rain tomorrow. Temps around 20C during the day.]

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  • Maria September 21, 2009, 10:37 pm
  • James September 22, 2009, 1:21 am

    I read that the last three Civic Movement MPs have left that party (they now “reject the attempts of British and Dutch authorities to influence the preconditions Althingi introduced to the state guarantee on the Icesave obligations”) and David Oddsson is rumoured to become the new editor of Morgunbladid. Perhaps the four of them should live together happily on a small self-sustaining island off the coast of Denmark, without any contact with the rest of the world…

  • ReallyEvilCanine September 22, 2009, 1:25 am

    [Wifi is] never available in the room, and only occasionally in the lobby.
    You’re staying at the Nordic by the Centraal Station and I claim my tíkall! I was hoping to make the conference but the 7-week-old Mistress and her mum had different plans for me.

    I’ be concerned about “green” plans but since no one in power seems to give a damn about the country anyway, wind could work on the central side of the glaciers (to keep the windmills out of view of the tourist cameras). However, you’ll need a LOT of (imported) materials — Portland cement and steel — to build stable bases to keep the things up long enough to deal with the weather, wind, quakes and other machinery-breaking factors.

    There’s always hydro… [grabs hat and runs!]

  • Jim Saunders September 22, 2009, 1:40 am

    I shoot video with a Flip HD and have found it to be pretty good. The new IPOD Nano might be giving the company a run for its money though.

    Here in Canada we have a community called Drake Landing which is similar (but on a smaller scale) to the one you describe above.

    Promo blurb:

  • John Hopkins September 22, 2009, 6:20 am

    hehe, that’s what happens when too many bloggers get together, Wifi nodes go D-O-W-N…

    On the sustainable island, I’d point out that the word sustainable is really not applicable except from a PR point of view. The techno-social infrastructure that gives the island their ‘sustainable’ option is not itself sustainable. The heavy industry necessary to build and operate wind turbines is globe-spanning and requires hefty amounts of hydrocarbons to, among other things, run the factories that make turbines, drive the mining equipment that brings the copper, steel, and other materials out of the ground, refine those, transport raw materials to processing points, and on and on. This is one of the big weaknesses in a fragmented view of the world. A holistic view will realize that ALL this stuff is hooked together and a sustainable system in one place can be wreaking havoc somewhere else on the globe (as mining often (always!) does. Iceland does the same thing around their hydrogen hype — that entire infrastructure would grind to a halt in weeks without a continuous hydrocarbon-driven ocean transport system bringing 99.9% of the resources necessary to run the system from somewhere else utland. (today’s 2 cents 😉 (I keep telling my 17-year-old son, living in Iceland that he should follow your blog closely, so he will be aware what is happening in his country… sure hope he takes me advice!)

  • Gestur Erlendsson September 22, 2009, 8:51 am

    Samsö is the name of the island. There is an english description of the project at http://www.wind-works.org/articles/SamsoeRenewableEnergyIsland.html and the island has a home page in danish at http://samso.dk/

  • JB in San Diego September 22, 2009, 1:48 pm

    It looks like you are referring to Samsø island.

  • alda September 22, 2009, 2:43 pm

    Samsö island it is!! Thank you all for clearing that up. 🙂

    REC – You’re staying at the Nordic by the Centraal Station and I claim my tíkall! — er, WRONG. And it’s not a conference, but a kick-off event for selected bloggers.

  • ReallyEvilCanine September 23, 2009, 12:51 am

    I prefer to think of my response not as “wrong” but rather as “less right than yours”.
    I didn’t mean I planned on attending an invite-only event but rather hoped to get up to CPH to meet up with a couple of the invited attendees to specifically discuss the Danish (lack of offering) asylum position. Mrs. Canine has colleagues up there and I wish to introduce her to the heaven that is a particular kebap house on Stroget (and pick up a couple bottle of GaJol Gul) but it’s Oktoberfest so travel to & from Munich is frightfully expensive and oddly enough, many of our friends just happen to want to visit over the next two weeks. And then there’s the new MildlyNaughtyPuppy…

  • hildigunnur September 23, 2009, 9:46 am

    You’re not staying at the Ascot Hotel are you? The wifi connection sure sounds like that…