Welcome to HOPEnhagen.
Stepping out of the airplane we found ourselves surrounded by advertisments centered around one topic: climate change. It seems like every single product sold in whole Copenhagen turned into a green one. Mobile phones, cars…everything. Welcome to HOPEnhagen, the place to be.
Despite the lack of sleep during the last nights, that were busy with preperation, we landed here full of engery and totally excited to be part of the decision taken these days – a decision, that will shape the future of mankind.
The COP15 bus was already waiting outside the arrival hall, ready to take us to Bella Center. With our 6 pieces of luggage full of inspiring promo-material we struggled our way to the security check and had to stand in line to get our foto badges. Once inside we saw a totally different world in front of us. A cloakroom with the size of a trainstation, hundreds of infostands, posters, ads, media labs, TV screens with kind messages to the “Leaders of the World”. Overwhelming.
What a start.
We decided to sit down to let this atmosphere settle the Austrian way: drinking coffe (of course FairTrade out of future friendly cups). This was the beginning. It is true. This is COP15 and we are there to make a change. Wow!
The vibe caught us and we followed the impulse to run around, just like all the others – checking out the program schedule, watching a the plenary session, trying to find our way through this. While the energy started to flow, we found that some people were really lost in this spectacle. What a start.
Let’s see what is to come.