So after two days of intense frustration, having schlepped my laptop all the way to the WakeUp Copenhagen Hotel and finding that the Wi-Fi was f*cked, this evening – by some miraculously inspired configuration – I managed to get online.* I have no idea what I did, but that doesn’t matter because now I don’t have to go down to the lobby and either a) mud wrestle someone for access to the hotel computers or b) go borrow a cable from the front desk to connect my laptop manually, which as everyone knows is just too degrading. Instead I get to surf from the comfort of my own room!
[I am indeed aware that this is a luxury problem, especially having been immersed in the grave issue of climate change over the past two days. So yes, I am an ungrateful little gnome who just likes to hear herself complain, I admit it.]
It’s been a very intense couple of days – a packed day yesterday at the Bella Centre conference venue, which is where the Global Climate Change Summit will be held in December. [You could call this a mini-climate-change-summit. A warmup, if you will if you shall if you must.] We had presentations and seminars, some with just a tad too many figures to keep anyone’s attention, some that were just great [like the lecture about Samsø that I mentioned yesterday – thanks to those who set me straight on that one]. Søren Hermansen, who Time Magazine named one of its “Heroes of the Environment 2008” gave an excellent and very funny presentation about how the islanders decided to become self-sustaining in terms of energy and pitched in to buy their first wind turbine. There are only 4,000 people on the island, and a wind turbine is not exactly picked up for what you have in your change jar – however, the investment paid for itself in ten years. They now have several wind turbines [eight I believe] and exceed their own needs in terms of capacity, so they actually export energy to the mainland. Very cool. [The New Yorker has a very good, succinct report on Samsø here – thanks to JB – and Eamonn – for the link.]
I had the pleasure of sitting at a table with Søren and his wife prior to the lecture and so got an idea of just how busy they are with speaking engagements, giving tours of the island, and so forth. However, Søren said he had agreed to give a talk for this particular event because he realized that the exposure potential was great, since he’d be preaching to a large group of bloggers. Which is also very cool as far as I’m concerned – the fact that blogs are becoming recognized as a very real alternative to the traditional media – and even preferable, in some cases.
At any rate, I expect I shall be focusing a fair bit on how climate change is manifesting in Iceland and what our government is doing about it over the next three months or so, while this TH!NK initiative is running. Not doubt I’ll still be ranting about politics and the economy, though – just with that added component. You have been warned!
WEATHER IN NICELAND
No idea. Any of my Iceland-based readers care to pitch in?
[PS today we spent the day at an eco village called Dyssekilde north of Copenhagen, and it was AMAZING. I plan to write about that as soon as I’ve uploaded the pictures I took of their wind turbine and willow cleansing system and wee hobbit houses. So great!]
* Which MAY have something to do with them having had an “Internet guy” here today to work on fixing the issue. Although when I tried it earlier this evening it wasn’t working. Not until I did my miracle configuration.