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HOPEnhagen became NOPEnhagen – but at least Danish tourism took a big green step

green-keyThe COP15 has finished and HOPEnhagen became NOPEnhagen. The politicians have nothing to be proud of.  They know they have to act quickly to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but they allowed themselves not to take the necessary action.
One of the first consequences of the disappointing UN climate change summit in Copenhagen is that the CO2 quotes have fallen in price. Pollution has become cheaper:

High price of disappointment
The price per metric ton of permits to spew carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere fell by $3.30 on the European Climate Exchange between the first day of the climate summit in Copenhagen and the day after its disappointing conclusion as traders reacted to… Full Article at Barre Montpelier Times-Argus

An eye-opener for Danish Tourism
When the politicians disclaim for responsibility it demands a lot from the rest of us. The climate chance summit in Copenhagen was an eye-opener for Danish Tourism. Especially in Copenhagen where the summit took place.  In December 2009 51 % (5.988) of all hotel rooms in Copenhagen were classified green with Green Key (Den Grønne Nøgle), The flower (Blomsten) or The Swan (Svanen). In 2008 it was only 8 %. (wonderfulcopenhagen.dk)

During 2009 29 hotels in Denmark were certified with Green Key – an increase in Green Key Hotels from 41 to 70. Furthermore 3 conference places (one of them the Bella Centre where the summit took place), 2 Danhostels (Family-and Youth Hostels), 6 sports halls, and 2 camp grounds got the Green Key. Only 2 hotels left the Green Key during 2009. (Green Key news)

At Danhostel Ribe we welcome all the newcomers. We look forward to even closer cooperation especially with our neighbor hostel in Esbjerg which is now also a green hostel. At Danhostel Ribe we all ready had the Green Key 13 years ago, at a time when almost nobody noticed or cared. A few years ago we were also rated among the greenest overnight accommodation at Environmentally Friendly Hotels list Best Green Hotels (More than 3000 environmentally friendly hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, motels, lodges, and inns listed). Of course we are proud of that, but we are still not good enough, and can get much better. Danhostel Ribe’s green profile has recently been mentioned here:
Adventure travelling info (November 14, 2009)
International Wadden Sea School
Green Traveling Around the World SeriesWorld Beauties


Dear Obama, Lula, Merkel, Brown, Wen Jiabao, Løkke etc. gathered in Copenhagen

storm-surge-pole-ribe-and-hostel-with-flooded-meadowThis photo shows the storm surge pole in Ribe and in the background our hostel and the highest water level WE have seen on the meadow. The pole is marked with metal rings showing the water level at the many storm surges that, through time, have flooded Ribe.  Ribe’s houses have not been flooded for almost 100 years. We also don´t want them to be flooded the next thousands of years.

Other places in the world the climate chance challenges are even bigger because of higher sea level, lack of rain, etc.

We hope you will make decisions that make a difference when you all gather from Dec. 7th to Dec. 18th 2009 in Copenhagen to United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15).
That you will take action in real solutions to bring down the world’s Co2 releases – and not just by selling CO2 quotas!
Our generation is obliged to think of the younger generation.

The 4th Dec. the Children’s Climate Forum 2009 with delegates from 44 countries finished their conference in Copenhagen with a declaration. The children emphasize that they will not sit back and watch. The time for talk is over.  They are committed to take action and they request the same of governments worldwide.
PLEASE don’t let them down.

Copenhagen Children’s Climate Forum declaration



Copenhagen Children’s Climate Forum declares: the time to fight climate change is now

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 4 December 2009 – After a week of intensive work and debate, about 160 young people from all over the globe finalized a Declaration today in Copenhagen, committing to personal changes in their own lives and demanding that governments worldwide take actions to protect our planet from the impacts of climate change.