When I got out of bed on Sunday morning, I could not believe the news coverage of the 100,000 person demonstration on the streets of Copenhagen. I was angry. The BBC story lead story was about arrests and violence, none of which I saw from noon to 6PM while walking 6 kilometers with an enormous crowd of people from all over the world. By 9:30AM Sunday, the Associated Press reported that Danish police say only 13 of 968 people detained during Saturday’s protests remained in custody.
Aurora Conley, an Ojibway woman from Bad River Indian Reservation near Ashland, WI is a Will Steger Foundation youth delegate who led the march along with indigenous peoples from all over the world. She might even be asked to address the plenary session on behalf of the world’s indigenous people on the conference’s final day. I am working here in Copenhagen to support Aurora and 11 other amazing emerging leaders that Will Steger has assembled to put pressure on U.S. negotiators at the summit. Please take five minutes to watch this beautiful video of Saturday’s Copenhagen march posted by The Uptake, and hear Aurora’s message that should be taken to heart by the negotiators inside the Bella Center: “We’re moving now!”
[Reposted from Fresh Energy Blog]