Was it the end of a world hopelessly tangled in geopolitical futility? Or the beginning of a world that might heal as a distributed, connected organism? The logo for the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit (enhanced here with bike love) was prophetic, because it evoked both.
COP-15 may well be remembered as humanity’s big missed chance. But the Danes aren’t just hanging around crying in their Tuborgs.
They’re riding their bikes on “cycle superhighways.” They’re retrofitting their buildings. They’re building wind turbines and mounting solar panels.
Copenhagen has already reduced its carbon emissions 40% since 1990, on their way to zero net carbon by 2025. Here’s the plan, and a good Climate Wire piece in Scientific American on how it’s being implemented.