Across the bridge from the Bella Center in Copenhagen is the Klima Forum, a parallel conference where NGO's, tribal elders, environmental activists, and concerned citizens (many of whom could not gain access to COP15) are exploring the impacts of climate change on the developing world.
This morning Vandana Shiva spoke on the effects of climate change in Tibet and how melting Himalayan glaciers could threaten the water supplies of both India and China, two of the biggest power brokers at the COP15 conference.
We dashed over to catch the tail end of a rally by several indigenous groups at the U.S. Embassy on the day Obama received his Nobel Peace Prize. Sarah James, an Alaskan Native elder who has become a leading voice for indigenous people in the United States, traveled to Copenhagen to represent communities in Alaska like Kivalina that have already been affected by climate change. Here's what she had to say:
Later in the day one brave girl from the Canadian Youth delegation confronted Canada's lead climate negotiator on the country's weak stance at the climate summit. It was an emotional moment: