copenhagen info leaflet

COPENHAGEN 2009 CLIMATE SUMMIT INFO PACK YOUR HANDY GUIDE TO THE COPENHAGEN PROTESTS December 2009: UN Climate Talks are taking place in Copenhagen. The aim of the talks is to set a new global agreement on tackling climate change, a replacement to the Kyoto agreement of 1997, but the prospects are not good... After 15 years of negotiations, emissions continue to rise at alarming rates, while climate criminals are allowed to pollute and profit. What is proposed for Copenhagen is yet more business as usual - a continued reliance on failed carbon markets to reduce emissions. CHANGE THE SYSTEM - NOT THE CLIMATE Some people say that the talks are our last hope, that we have to put everything we can into getting a deal, that without an agreement in Copenhagen we are doomed. But not everyone sees things that way. Together we can take positive action to avert catastrophic climate change: to strengthen the voices of afflicted peoples, and to expose the roles of false market based ‘solutions’ in the worsening climate crisis. We - thousands of people active in the movement - are coming together in Copenhagen to say: ENOUGH! No more business as usual, no more false solutions! Come to Copenhagen, be the movement, build a fairer, safer future. Copenhagen is not the end of the story - its the start of a new chapter. =============== WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU GET THERE Go to an info point: The info-point at “Støberiet” will open on the 5th of December. Copenhagen is cold (average temp 0-5 degrees daytime, nighttime below zero). Bring warm clothes and waterproofs. Denmark uses the Krone (DKK) as currency, which works out at about DKK8.5 to the pound. Copenhagen is very expensive (An average coffee is DKK25, a pint of beer is DKK40 - 50, and a sandwich is DKK40-50) Everyone speaks good English. The city is very flat and good for cycling. FOOD There will be activist kitchens providing cheap food in central locations in Copenhagen such as info points, sleeping spaces etc. for donations of about 20 DKK (€2-3 per meal) there will be one at Klimaforum and one at Christiania. LEGAL There is a specific legal group working on this, including border issues and support, your leagl rights in Denmark and on UN territory. For info on your legal rights in Denmark see: LOCATIONS CONVERGENCE CENTRES Kapelvejens medborgerhus, Kapelvej 44. Emergency sleeping place, showers etc. Støberiet, Blågårdsplads 3. Big convergence centre with food, legal aid, first aid, trauma support, open space for meetings etc. Christania. A squatted free town in the center of Copenhagen. During the COP15 there will be a parallel meeting here. You can also find showers and a peoples kitchen here. KlimaForum09, DGI-byen, Tietgensgade 65. The alternative grassroots summit. A big peoples kitchen will be located here. COP15 official summit, Bella center, Center Boulevard 5. The official summit. During the COP it will be UN territory. There is a location map of Copenhagen on the CJA website: KITLIST - WHAT TO BRING DO bring: • Sleeping bag • Sleeping mat • Pillow • EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) • Passport • Photocopy of passport (most European countries insist on you carrying around ID with you at all times, although this is rarely enforced, but useful all the same in case you lose your passport or if it is stolen) • Adaptor plug (2 round pins NOT 2 straight pins) • Danish Krone (approx. 8.4 Krone to the pound) • Euros (in case you want to buy and food/drink en route through France/Germany) • Mobile phone with plenty of credit (+45 for Danish numbers) • Torch (with spare batteries) • 1st aid kit + painkillers if necessary (in some European countries it is hard to get Paracetamol/Ibuprofen anywhere other than pharmacies • Any medication you need (it can often be difficult to get medication abroad) • Waterproofs • Plenty of warm clothes • Flask • Loo roll for the coaches (you’ll know why if you have any experience of coach toilets!) • Plenty of enthusiasm DON’T bring: • Conspicuous equipment for direct action (border searches on coaches are usually fairly thorough. On trains this is less of an issue as luggage checks are restricted to the Eurostar) • Knives or bladed objects other than razors (again you don’t want to give the Danish authorities any reason to not let you in!) • Drugs (it may seem obvious, but its really not worth it)