COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — The COP15 climate change conference here sailed out of a harbor of anticipation and found itself immediately surrounded by the open seas of diplomacy. (For more ridiculously intricate visual analogies, watch the video above.)
The Bella Center, a self-proclaimed “green” marvel and the largest conference facility in Scandinavia, opened its doors for an official welcoming ceremony featuring remarks from Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
The language was universally urgent, and there’s no mistaking the growing resolve among the delegates for climate action at the global level, but actions and words are not of equal weight.
Regarding the big questions raised Monday right here on MinnPost … well, the answers are mixed. Should we care? According to the science, absolutely. (Question for any English majors: Is there a word more absolute than “absolutely?” If so, use that.)
According to the international community, however, progress could be slow in coming. And that doesn’t take into account the simple logistical hurdles. One ominous example: The opening ceremony Monday was supposed to start at 10 am. It was 10:45 before the organizers could even get the delegates to take their seats.
For more on the inner-workings of the negotiations, tune in every weekday this week and next.