Activity report from Copenhagen

Integral Ecology | Tue, Dec 15, 2009

By Roeland Schoeltalbers
Source: Center of Concern, CIDSE

CIDSE & Caritas participated in today's climate demonstration in Copenhagen. The march, from the Parliament's square to the Bella centre where the COP15 negotiations are taking place, was a great success with over 100.000 participants including a numerous, colourful, and singing group of CIDSE & Caritas leadership, members, bishops, partners and supporters. 

A first few after dark pictures are available on Flickr; those present please feel free to share your pictures for our Copenhagen COP15 set:

Also, a (very) short video available here for an impression of the atmosphere:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu handed  512.984 signatures for climate justice over to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer in Copenhagen on Sunday 13 December. 

Tutu invited world leaders to join the winning side of climate justice. De Boer said ' it's a moral crisis standing in the way of us addressing an environmental crisis':

Tutu and de Boer speaking at handover:


What: Ecumenical handover of signatures of Countdown to Co2penhagen & Create Climate Justice Petitions

Who: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Yvo de Boer – UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Nafisa D’Souza (India), Umme Kulsum (Bangladesh), Marcos Nordgren (Bolivia), Mahlet (Ethiopia), Augustine Njamnshi (Cameroon) and Bishop Olav Skjevesland (Norway)

When: Sunday 11.30 – 12.30

Where: Rådhuspladsen (City Hall square of Copenhagen)

Half a million people signed up to global campaigns run by the Catholic networks of development agencies Caritas Internationalis & CIDSE and the Countdown to Co2penhagen campaign, joining forces to demand a fair, effective and binding climate change agreement in Copenhagen.

More information on CIDSE at COP15: