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Off to TH!NK in Copenhagen

In the wee hours of tomorrow I’m heading off to Copenhagen for the TH!NK initiative that I blogged about here.

Quick recap for anyone who has just joined us: TH!NK is run by the European Journalism Centre and takes the form of a competition. This is the second round of TH!NK – the first focused on the elections to the European parliament, this one focuses on climate change. The objective is to bring together 81 bloggers from around the world for a day of workshops, seminars, etc. and one day of visiting at an eco-village. Those bloggers then go back to their respective countries and blog about how climate chance is manifesting in their own backyards.

I’m honoured to be representing Iceland and am already excited to explore further some of the socio-political economic issues associated with climate change, such as the already-prevalent tug-of-war over green energy *cough* HS Orka *cough* and Iceland’s new geo-strategic position through the melting of the polar ice.

I’m also delighted that blogging is being recognized or what it is: a powerful medium in its own right. Big props to the European Journalism Centre for taking the initiative to, in their own words, “create a portal into the minds of 81 people, to show how each one experiences the effects of Climate Change policies every day.”

I’m taking my laptop along and have free Wi-Fi in the hotel, so there will undoubtedly be posts. Or Tweets, at the very least.

MOSTLY RAINY, THOUGH WITH OCCASIONAL SUN
It was a mild, damp day here in the capital, with sunrise at 7.00, sunset at 7.40. Right now 8°C [46F].

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  • kevin o'connor waterford Ireland September 19, 2009, 10:44 pm

    By the time I get to Iceland as a tourist I think I will start up a small coconut plantation, do you have many crocodile attacks in Iceland annually yet ?

  • James September 20, 2009, 12:35 am

    According to nef ( http://www.happyplanetindex.org/learn/download-report.html ), Iceland’s ecological footprint is the 8th worst out of 143 countries…

  • 9uy September 20, 2009, 10:17 am

    Good luck in Denmark!

  • Dave Hambidge September 20, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Enjoy the trip, well deserved.

    I don’t tweet so I’ll read up on your return!

  • alda September 20, 2009, 1:32 pm

    Kevin – 🙂

    James – thanks, you’ve just given me an idea for my first blog post.

    9uy – takk!

    Dave – thanks. and the tweets also appear in the sidebar, you don’t need to tweet to read mine.

  • Ljósmynd DE September 20, 2009, 3:07 pm

    Have a nice trip to Denmark.

    This is definitely a very interesting issue. Iceland is one of the countries, where climate change is most clearly perceptible. You can almost watch the glaciers melt.

    And there is much room to enhance the awareness about environmental issues among Icelanders. Look at the ecological footprint problem mentioned above.

  • idunn September 20, 2009, 8:25 pm

    I can attest that as far as the United States is concerned that certain species of trees, in some instances entire forests, are dying or dead, winter snow packs are melting earlier come spring, springs and rivers are drying, that indeed the entire environment is stressed and changing rapidly.

    Moreover, that relatively few are aware how serious this is, or care, content to ignore politicians proposing inadequate solutions, which are too little too late. Evident, quite likely, later this year in Copenhagen.

    To put it succinctly.