By Kelly Gulbrandson, UpTake intern.
A lot of action this morning was focused the protests and the clash with police.
After a previous meeting with police over this weekend’s protests, protestors did not have as mich luck this time. As the protestors made it to the Bella Center, the meeting place for the conference, many protestors were arrested and some beaten.
From the CNN article:
“Around 3,000 activists convened at two railway stations in the Danish capital early on Wednesday and began their march towards the Bella Center.” “There have been some clashes and scuffles, and the police have fired some tear gas, but the protests have been reasonably low-level.” CNN reporter Phil Black said.
In other news, some leaders at the conference are doubting if anything will be accomplished during this conference.
From Telegraph.com: “While British officials admitted that the talks remain ‘very difficult’, Ed Miliband, the climate change secretary, signalled Britain is prepared to back a move to hold another international climate summit in Mexico City next summer, several months ahead of schedule. ‘We have to find ways of unblocking this procedural wrangling because if we exhaust ourselves and run the clock down we will not get an agreement,’ he said, adding that he was frustrated at ‘talking about talks rather than talking.’”
Also, on the topic of making real progress while at the conference, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry spoke today about how critical it is to make progress at the conference in order to make progress in the U.S.
According to the New York Times: “Success in Copenhagen is really critical to success in the U.S. Senate and in Congress,” Kerry told reporters during a lightning stop in the Danish capital to monitor the U.N. talks. Kerry was one of the prominent U.S. figures to speak during the conference today. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also spoke at the conference on the importance of conserving energy. Also from the NY Times article: “Kerry said he thinks it would be “realistic and necessary” to hold the next U.N. meeting in June or July 2010 to wrap up the leftover work from Copenhagen on a full-fledged international treaty.”
One other interesting aspect from today – The Danish prime minister took control of the UN climate talks in Copenhagen and replaced former conference presdient Connie Hedegaard as efforts were ramped up to secure a new deal on global warming. According to the article from the Independant, the move was earlier than planned.
From the Independant: “A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “This is a planned procedural handover to the Danish Prime Minister at the start of the high level segment. “Prime minister Rasmussen has been closely engaged in this process talking to fellow leaders over the past few months, and he will now be taking the negotiations through to the end game.
Ms Hedegaard said: ‘With so many heads of state and governments arriving to give their statements it is appropriate that the Danish prime minister presides. Negotiations and consultations will be conducted at all levels.’”
That is it for now. Make sure to continue to check back for further updates.