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The Mermaid, Deniers, And New Art

The official U.N. climate change negotiations in Copenhagen took a scheduled one-day hiatus on Sunday. This provided a chance for participants to get out of the giant convention center which lies south of the city and see the sights of Copenhagen.

Top on my list of sites to visit was the statue of the Little Mermaid. She was crafted after the 1836 fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Copenhagen for many years. But enjoying this tourist attraction didn’t mean I could absence myself from things related to climate.

Notice that across the water from the mermaid (she’s at the bottom right) are both wind turbines and a conventional generating plant (probably fired by oil or natural gas):

And working the crowd around the mermaid were sign-wearing people sharing their belief that science does not support the idea of human-induced climate change and that curbing greenhouse gases will do more harm than good. By the way, COP15 is the abbreviation for the U.N. meeting (it’s the 15th conference of the parties to the 1992 climate change treaty). The “British lies” comment on their signs refers to the controversial emails stolen last month from East Anglia University:

And a stone’s throw from the mermaid statue was a new, temporary art installation:

I’ve read that this statute is to convey the idea that the industrialized world (denoted by the big, old, fat woman) is oppressing developing countries (shown by the emaciated man carrying her) by its historic emissions of greenhouse gases.

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