As the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen begin to hot up, Jo Barrett, Progressio Press Officer extraordinaire and myself are beginning our long train journey to Copenhagen to join our colleagues already there.
I am looking forward to working with a wonderful woman called Fabiola Quishpe , a community leader and grassroots activist from Ecuador, for whom I will be translating as Progressio seeks to bring ‘southern voices’ to the Copenhagen debates. She is among millions of people in poor communities being hit hard by climate change.
After I write this, I’ll be joining a long queue at St. Pancras, where I’ll take the Eurostar to Brussels, Duestche Bahn to Cologne and an overnight train that actually gets carried by boat across the sea before depositing us in Copenhagen.
When I tell my friends the details of this journey, they can’t help but laugh – 20 hours on a train compared to 1 hour and 15 minutes by plane! I admit I find the idea of flying tempting – after all, it’s what we’re all used to. However I’m realising as this journey approaches that these train journeys are the future of European travel.
Quick jaunts across the continent will inevitably be replaced by these long rail journeys, and for the first time, I see the changes climate change will bring to our lives on the horizon. Climate change will stop being that niggly issue in the back of minds to feel guilty about, and will become a major force in all of our lives.
Of course, change is hard, and it’s obvious from news of leaks and divisions at Copenhagen that some people are trying as hard as they can resist change and the drastic action we so desperately need to take. But as a climate change campaigner, I do have hope. It may only be a train journey to Copenhagen, but it’s the shape of things to come – the only question is how soon.
Progressio Campaign's OfficerBrie will be updating this blog regularly as events unfold in Copenhagen