Scientists and government officials came together recently in Copenhagen, Denmark, as members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to discuss two very important matters: one, they hope to discuss the future of climate conservation, and two, they hope to overcome the ghosts of the past.
This is not the first time so many have come together in Denmark on behalf of environmental issues. The first meeting at Copenhagen (which was called “Hopenhagen”) took place in 2009, and was meant to strike a new global deal. There was a lot of hope surrounding the meeting that was intended to “save the planet” — however, the meeting did not pan out as planned, and the discourse ended in disaster. It has been five years since then, and while the IPCC has now separated from the UN’s internal climate process, 2009 still lingers over their heads.
As the meeting is taking place in their country, the Danish Government hopes to lead the way by showing how much they have changed since 2009. According to BBC News, the country is putting together an effort to turn more green. This includes the Amager Bakke Project, which proposes to construct a gigantic waste-to-energy plant.
However, there are still many who are unconvinced by Denmark’s move, the reason being that the country sits at fourth highest on the environmental shame list, putting out tons of harmful gasses every year. A lot of this is due to their large farm industry. In order to try and fix the climate problem on a global scale, 190 different governments have all agreed to come together to fight this issue. While it did not work the last time around, many of those involved are more hopeful for a better resolution this time around.