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Huff Post Sponsors Trip to Copenhagen for a Citizen to Report on Climate Summit

November 17, 2009

Is the fate of the world at stake this December in Copenhagen? Many say yes.

Hopenhagen Ambassador Contest: HuffPost Citizen Journalist Will Win A Trip To Copenhagen

Next month at the UN’s Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, world’s leaders will decide what to do before the Kyoto protocol expires in two years–and this will indeed determine the future of our planet.

The effects of global warming are already lapping at the world’s shores, destroying species, threatening cities, and encroaching on our ability to produce food. This is real, and this is happening. But there is hope.

Hopenhagen.org wants to connect every one with what is happening at the conference in Copenhagen so that we together can push for limits on carbon emissions. Leaders don’t want to make these commitments because they will require deep changes (yes, sacrifices even) so we the people must show the politicians the way–and that there is a strong political will to set emissions targets — which would mean more green jobs, and a more sustainable future for people everywhere.

At Hopenhagen.org, people can become a citizen of the Nation of Hopenhagen by signing a petition, learning about grassroots climate efforts and spreading the word to their own communities. In addition,

a HuffPost citizen journalist will go to Copenhagen for the climate conference as the Hopenhagen Ambassador, to represent the global nation of people who are hopeful that leaders will come to an agreement.

How? Submit a 1 minute video. The Top 10 vote getters will then move forward to a panel of judges who will choose the winner who will receive a trip to Copenhagen from December 12-19th including airfare, accommodation, press accreditation for the UN conference, Media training with HuffPost Citizen journalism editor Matt Palevsky, HuffPost blogging privileges, and a flip camera to record events.

Hopefully, they let you keep the flip camera!

What an adventure! I’m already thinking about what I’d like to say to win that trip–although I really think Rachel Morris of VCCool should go for it–and soon!

But more important, I think, is to create a buzz about what’s happening in Copehagen in December, and how necessary it is to make a commitment to a drastic reduction in carbon emissions in order to prevent more radical climate change.

Already reports are pessimistic. The Kyoto Protocol runs out in 2012.

Connie Hedegaard, the Danish climate and energy minister who will chair the Copenhagen summit, said that the Dec. 8-17 event will be “a moment of truth” and “countries are very worried about the consequences of global warming and expect the developed countries to perform in Copenhagen.”

Time Magazine reports that the goals for the meeting were scaled back considerably on Sunday due to he deadlock between developed nations like the US which produce more carbon emissions per capita and developing nations like China and India which argue they should have a right to produce some too.

The discussions start in earnest Dec. 2, 2009 … and may not end in our lifetime.

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