I was at the COP15 when Chavez arrived to deliver his vile, inflammatory speech. Obama was there, as well. In fact, the COP15 went down in history books as one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in one place at one time (I believe second only to the 2000 Millennium Summit).
You can watch Chavez’s vile speech in the link below provided by the excellent Fora TV:
Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has died. In 2009 he addressed COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Criticizing the destructive practices of the capitalist system, Chavez feared that the “infinite model” of capitalism will exhaust the finite resources of the environment. (Image via wikipedia)
We were kicked out of the COP15 because a protest, one of the largest in Europe’s history, flared up and scared authorities. In fact, Denmark actually suspended parts of its Constitution, blocked highways, rolled out the military and super-police units, and arrested (a few) protestors on sight.
I took some pictures of the protest, here.
I remember there was fear there would be a declaration of Marshall Law. And there was equal criticism that the peaceful, happy, socialist Danes would usher in a military response to a climate protest.
But, the public felt left out of the UN’s climate negotiations and quickly formed a peaceful protest.
In the end, no one listened…