Over the past week, EnlightenNext’s Ross Robertson joined tens of thousands of activists, politicians, business leaders, and concerned citizens from literally every corner of the planet in Copenhagen for the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Robertson was invited to give several presentations at the non-profit conference, Klimaforum09: Peoples Climate Summit, which paralleled the main UN event, in addition to a talk at one of the many supplementary events that are happening all over the city. Below I’ve posted video collage of some of the highlights from one of the presentations that he gave.
Before you watch, however, you should know that Ross is not a climate activist himself (though he did work for several environmental non-profits before he started writing for EnlightenNext magazine 6 years ago). So his contribution to the conference wasn’t a new clean energy innovation or an interesting sustainable business model or a sophisticated solution to the enormous political challenges of dealing with global warming. He’s bringing to the climate change conversation what EnlightenNext is always trying to bring to any topic that we cover in the magazine: a new, spiritually-inspired perspective from which to address the issue. Ross’ particular take on climate change and the environmental movement in general centers around a new sub-strain of environmentalism called “Bright Green.” Defining itself against its predecessor “Dark Green,” which has been the main ideological thrust behind the environmental movement for the past half century, Bright Green environmentalism is focused on progress, technological innovation, and most importantly valuing the fundamental creativity of humankind as a tool to create a thriving future (not just a “less bad” one). If you want to learn more about Bright Green, check out Ross’ article, “A Brighter Shade of Green: Rebooting Environmentalism for the 21st Century,” and also WorldChanging, which is the main Bright Green thinktank on the planet.
Here’s a video excerpt from a 3-hour presentation that Ross gave along with his Danish EnlightenNext colleague Peter Bastian, an evolutionary philosopher and famous musician. The event was hosted by Karen Blincoe of ICIS, the International Centre for Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability, and also featured Valeriane Bernard of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University:
Earlier in the week, Ross also spoke to 250 people at an event focused on the Cradle to Cradle design movement, organized by the pioneering German chemist Michael Braungart, who is best known for co-publishing the book Cradle to Cradle and who has been interviewed by EnlightenNext magazine. We don’t have video of that talk, but you can read a short description in a blog written by Susan Olshuff, an environmental activist and friend of EnlightenNext magazine who is in Copenhagen covering the event for our local paper here in Western Massachusetts, The Berkshire Eagle.
Please stay tuned for more from Ross about his trip to Copenhagen, when he returns back to Massachusetts this week!