Hello! Wow, it’s been almost a year since I last wrote….I guess I’m better at emailing! I figure since I’m in Poland I may as well write a word or two in case you’re interested, considering that this year’s climate conference is of massive importance around the world!  I suppose I should have done this in Germany and Chiapas earlier this year for similar trips…

The train ride through the German and Poland countryside was just spectacular.  I could ride on trains for days — it’s endless entertainment, gorgeous landscape, and so many stories told in the passing scenery.  I felt so much powerful and heavy energy from the Polish land. it was dreary, dark, desolate, and thick with history.  I could really feel the holocaust, see the images flashing before my eyes and it was a palpable sensation of sadness and despiration. It was a doorway into the horrors of Auschwitz.  Despite the intense darkness, there was a brief 20 minutes of magestic sun rays piercing through the clouds to form the most lovely art display on canvass.  Most of the journey took us through fields and forests, and some tiny shacks here and there but no real towns until Konin, where we arrived after 5 hours.

It’s just a quick stop for us here to visit the Climate Rescue Station, and we’re off tomorrow early for Poznan, the site of the big COP 14 Climate Conference.  Right now there are hundreds of people from all over the world there getting ready for the negotiations.  But the CRS was amazing! There have been activists from 20 countries there visiting the camp in the last month!  It’s a massive globe which Greenpeace activists constructed (and will put up all over the world during a tour in 2009) on the edge of one of Poland’s largest Coal Pits.  95% of Poland’s energy comes from coal.  This is dirty and dangerous.  So they have chosed to construct this Climate rescue station in Poland to bring attention to our global climate crisis.  Europe and the US are accountable for 60% of the world’s global warming emissions according to a power point I saw today, so during the Climate Conference in Poznan Greenpeace is brining attention to this country’s dirty energy source: COAL.  http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/the-true-cost-of-coal.

The large globe on the edge of a coal pit symbolizes our planet on the edge of collapse.  It’s a powerful image, and it will be traveling to Brazil, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and all over the world.  Inside the globe is a photo documentary of images showing climate change’s impact on Poland.  Near this site Greenpeace Poland began a 48 hour action at a coal-fired power plant.  4 climbers took over a smoke stack and will eat, sleep, and shit up there in the blistering cold 0 degrees celsius temperature with banners being dropped tomorrow.  This direct action and creative communication will garner tons of media coverage and draw attention to Poland’s energy crisis.  http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/releases/quit-coal-says-greenpeace-fr  I also just put a few photos on Facebook, check em out!

The real excitement will begin tomorrow with all the actions we take part in in Poznan.  The UNFCCC is an international treaty of many countries working to reduce global warming.  A number of nations approved an addition to this treaty, the Kyoto Protocal, wh ich has more powerful and legally binding measures.  The Convention on Climate Change sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change and has been ratified by 192 countries.  The Convention has been meeting since March 1994 on a yearly basis.    A recent IPPC report enjected a new sense of urgency into the UN climate change negotiations and all parties agreed to step up their efforts to combat climate change and to this end adopted a number of decisions at last year’s meeting in Bali, Indonesia.  This year’s meeting here in Poznan will be a continuation of these negotiations which are set to be concluded by the end of 2009 at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.  I will be there, as well.

Although me and the 25 other Greenpeace student activists and coordinators I’m travelling with can’t go inside the conference, we will be part of a massive Global Day of Action on December 6th in solidarity with thousands of people around the US and the world. There are days of action Dec 6-8. Check it out: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change/take_action/global-day-of-climate-action

http://members.greenpeace.org/event/view/3057/

I have so many languages swimming through my mind it’s wild…Polish, German, French, Spanish. I can’t keep any of them straight after being in Paris, Berlin, Konin and next Poznan.  I just took my first shower since saturday after 3 days of travel and i’m lying in this cute Polish bed that has a big empty pillow and a strange blanket that’s really like a big sack like sleeping bag comforter.  I feel at very much at peace, so satisfied and full (the stew we ate in the freezing cold camp of the Climate Rescue Station was delicious and nourishing for the soul).  But my mental capacity is low — I have not slept more than 7 hours in the last three days, and I’m not sure what day it is really, Tuesday i think?  But Poland and Germany have both been excellent so far.

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