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It's amazing to experience my home town of Copenhagen turned into global village, with thousands of people from the whole world here for the UN COP15 climate summit. Denmark is in some respects like a tribe--we have only 5½ million inhabitants--so it is mind-blowing to walk around the city and experience the whole world visiting our small place. No matter what the aftermath of the summit, some kind of momentum was created in the people's parliament in the convention centers, hotels, bars, and streets of Copenhagen.
My own hope for the summit is a very ambitious plan for lowering CO2 emissions. I experienced a little glimmer of hope for a better future when our climate minister, Connie Hedegaard, gave her opening speech. She was sincere and at the same time very aggressive when it came to stating how much is expected of world leaders in making serious decisions to enable a dramatic change in mitigating climate change.
Personally I want a detailed plan for more sustainable agriculture, less meat production, and an emphasis on organic or locally grown vegetables! But life is full of paradox, so I also hope we will keep human change in mind too, so that this doesn't turn into an "eco religion."