COPENHAGEN: Solutions Needed, Not Skepticism

Right now, all eyes are on the UN Conference in Copenhagen, and since the conference kick off earlier this week, there have been a lot of depressing reports about near-impossible pollution reduction rates, and the struggle between necessary development and vital conservation.

There’s no question that the world’s ability to sustain life is breaking down, and humans have helped speed up the process, but sometimes all the doom and gloom can make people forget that dealing with climate change is not only a big challenge, it’s also a big opportunity.

In addition to real facts about the dire state of the environment, people need to know that there is hope if they are willing to work hard and sacrifice. Instead of feeling helplessness and despair over the huge problems we can not change, individuals need to know simple ways to change the bigger-better-faster mindset that got us in this situation to begin with.

Ode Magazine, a publication reporting on the people and ideas changing the world for the better since 1995, will be presenting and distributing a special edition with solutions to global warming during the UN Climate Conference. Copies will be handed out to thousands of delegates, business leaders, activists and other influencers over the two week conference by a local Ode team of volunteers.The special issue features many innovative solutions to quickly transform the current economy based on fossil fuels into a sustainable economy based on renewable energy.

A magazine for “intelligent optimists,” Ode was founded in The Netherlands in 1995 and since 2004 has published an international edition in English from Mill Valley, CA.

“We may expect a lot of doom and gloom about rising sea levels and drowning polar bears in Copenhagen over the next two weeks,” said Ode co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Jurriaan Kamp at the outset of the conference. “However, the challenge of climate change also presents an unprecedented opportunity for humanity to clean up the environment, create jobs, and build a fairer and more just world. The technology to do this is available and affordable.”

Highlights of the special issue include:

What needs to be done
Special contributors Al Gore, Paul Hawken and Hermann Scheer take a look at the current status of the planet and the urgent need for us to move forward.

How to do it

A list of innovations that are currently being researched such as biomimicry, hydrogen, blue energy, carbon sequestration and alternative fuels from plants such as switchgrass and Jatropha.

What you can do

Ode offers a number of tips and stories from others who have started to take action in healing out planet.

And, if you’ve decided to save your carbon credits and stay home during the conference, you’ll be glad to know that for a limited time, Ode is making “The Solutions We Need Now” available for free to a worldwide audience in a digital format.

Despite the bleak projections of the scientists we must realize that this climate crisis is a chance for humanity to achieve levels of cooperation and innovation that have never been possible before.

(Remember to check COPENHAGEN: Care 2 Posts all in One Place every day for play by play reporting from the Climate Conference!)

Image Credit: Ode Magazine


LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Lilith Graves
Lilith Graves6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Anita Z.
Anita Z.6 years ago

thanks I'll pas it on

Ainsley Chalmers
Ainsley Chalmers6 years ago

not convinced by global warming. scientists are not always right (eg evolution is the greatest lie ever perpetrated). i am a research scientist. simply to protect our planet 1.trees dont cut them instead plant more 2 phase out coal bring in solar, wind,waves etc not nuclear 3. make eco friendly cars eg electric

Diane H F.6 years ago

The leading cause of pollution in the US is our excessive use of motor vehicles. Our public transportation system is inferior to that of the more modern nations,but the problem is also one of attitude. Americans in general want what they want when they want it, without concern about how much harm they're causing. (Face it, we have people who will go ballistic over the sight of a lit cigaret, yet remain oblivious to what they are doing every time they turn the ignition key in their cars.) We still drive short distances that could easily be walked. Even in cities with good bus services, most don't wish to be inconvenienced by public transportation schedules. The bottom line is that in the US, WE are the problem, not just Big Business.

Robert M.
Robert M.6 years ago

It is an excellent idea to save the trees, yes. And that is where we should be focusing, perhaps you can explain a solar oven to me, since I have not heard of one yet. I would be interested to know.

Robert M.
Robert M.6 years ago

I understand, but we are talking third world countries here, they are lucky to have a hut to cook in! Where are they going to get the money to nuy a 'solar oven'???

Deb R.
Past Member 6 years ago

There are a lot of things we can do.
Solar ovens in third world countries rather than cutting down trees for cooking is an example. Solar ovens are inexpensive and effective. It is about education and opportunity.