Final Post: As they say in Copenhagen, hej hej

You know when you say goodbye to someone and then you both realize you’ll be walking to the same subway station so you have to do another goodbye five minutes later and it’s kind of awkward? Well, I feel like I’m in that kind of situation, having pretty much said my farewell already.

Still, there are four final blog posts from Copenhagen to share, so here they are, in chronological order:

Thursday’s entry, about bad Tiger Woods jokes at the Women’s Perspective on Nuclear Energy lecture and “Early Grey” tea is here;

Friday’s entry, about Bolivians and the necktie-to-keffiyeh ratio is here;

and lastly, here’s the diary entry from Saturday (which is probably the best, seeing as it features some X-rated content).

Here are some photos:

This is Baby, a waste-picker from India.

Bolivian protesters at the Bella Center.

A balloon representing a tonne of CO2 outside parliament.

The Greenpeace ship docked at the harbour.

And finally, some quick video footage of protesters dancing (with solar-powered speakers):


In response to criticism about my irreverent tone in these articles, I’m just going to say two things: One, I’ve been doing other, lengthier interviews while here and hope to use the material for more earnest features at a later date, so it’s not as if I’ve come all the way to Copenhagen for the sole purpose of being snarky; and Two, in fairness to the Post, there is a lot of stuff here worth mocking — like the French activist who lingers outside the Bella Center in his skinny jeans with his collage poster that says, “Which climate fraud will you vote for?”, smoking his cigarette and generally adhering to every single French/activist stereotype there is — as well as a lot of people who don’t really need to be here, a lot of paper, plastic and food waste (and chile con carne on the menu? Seriously?), not to mention a series of press conferences and side events that either state the obvious or say nothing new at all about climate change and what we need to do about it.

Anyway, I truly hope something does result from COP15, and I really do love that over 30,000 protesters descended on the local parliament this Saturday to demonstrate (not including those who threw bricks, mind you), which just goes to highlight the sheer volume of people who care about the planet and want to make a difference, even if they aren’t a high-ranking politician with a PhD in environmental science.

So with that, here’s to keeping the enthusiasm alive; please keep reading Crunchy Chicken and Fake Plastic Fish and Arduous and Treehugger and Grist and listening to all the amazing green voices out there who are strengthening this movement each day. If you want to get in touch with me, my contact info is all here. Peace out,



11 Responses to Final Post: As they say in Copenhagen, hej hej

  1. Q says:

    We’re all going to miss your voice on the internet.

    Oh, I just finished reading your book. It was a great read. Thanks.

  2. I’m just going to console myself with the fact that you’ll be back 🙂 Or, at the very least, leave some comments now and again, okay?

  3. I hear you about needing time away from the computer. I made a pledge to have one computer-free day a week, and so far I’ve only managed it once in 5 weeks. Ah well.

    Will miss you. Thanks for the Fake Plastic Fish link love.

    Oh, by the way, weren’t you gonna send me a copy of that book? Still waiting. 🙂


  4. Mel says:

    I’m sad to see your blog end. Your book made me go crazy (well according to a couple people anyways, personally, I call it going green with a vengence).

    Thank you very much for sharing your journey with us, and helping to make us more aware. I enjoyed your honesty and humour.

    Good luck with whatever follows!


  5. Melinda says:

    LOL, there is a long history of eco-bloggers saying their good-byes and then reappearing at a later date. 🙂 Good luck to you, Vanessa!

  6. It’s been a pleasure reading your posts. Good luck!

  7. It’s a shame that I just found this blog when it finished. But I’ve gone thru and read the rest, excellent and very entertaining.

  8. musinglife says:

    I just found your web site and am really enjoying it. Sorry that you have stopped, but I agree that unplugging more is a great thing. Thanks for your insights.

  9. Sarah says:

    I just finished reading your book, which being both an earnest and irreverent environmentalist working for the man, I found to be pretty funny. So I decided to check out your blog. What I did not find funny are the articles you posted for the NP. Way to promote that the climate change/environmental discussion is basically a big meaningless laughable freakshow to conservative readers who are looking for any evidence that it is illegitimate. Your posts may be “cute” and “irreverent” to you, but they also delegitimize everything that was going on in Copenhagen.

  10. Reg Moore says:

    What are the chances that, though the environment is under threat, at least the one we occupy along with all the animals, that it isn’t the CO2 that is the problem at all. What if it really is true that Al Gore stands to make billions on Cap and Trade and that it isn’t going to do you, I or anyone else any good at all? Please do your homework on this one. None of us here on earth need to make this an emotional issue or an occasion to identify yet another enemy to hate, not to say that the wasters who run the show aren’t ultimately hate-able but hating takes so much energy that could be used to help them out of their sad position. C’mon, do us all a favor, do your homework.
    You can come talk to me if you like. I’ll help. I’d like to see us all get it right for once.

  11. vickyz0017 says:

    I just found your blog, so I have no idea what it’s exactly about. But I love your personality! And in China, they have trash- picker uppers too. Which makes no sense because they litter a lot in China, but still…
    Check us out at

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