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.]