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Protesters' eye view of Copenhagen

From George Webster, for CNN
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Protesters' journey to COP15
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Journalist accompanies 40 climate protesters to Copenhagen
  • Protesters travel by minibus, sleep in empty office building
  • Protesters say COP15 proposals are neither just, nor sufficient to prevent climate change
  • Group dresses as city traders to express concerns about carbon trading
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George Webster is a freelance journalist who has accompanied a group of 40 British protesters to Copenhagen. Here, he follows their journey to the Danish capital and they reveal their motivations for going to the summit.

Copenhagen, Denmark (CNN) -- On December 10, a group of 40 British climate protesters traveled to Copenhagen to voice their concerns about "catastrophic climate change."

As the Danish capital played host to the long-awaited COP15 summit, the group came to take part in the world's largest-ever gathering of climate protesters.

They traveled by minibus and set up home in an empty office block in the center of the city.

Within a few hours of moving in, one protester implemented a detailed recycling and compost system. In the makeshift kitchen, another constructed a sturdy-looking shelf from sheets of scrap metal and discarded bricks. Nobody knows who found the rusty (but still perfectly useable) kettle.

Their aim? To raise their views that the proposals on the table for dealing with climate change are ineffective and unfair. As one protester puts it, "We don't think they're going to be sufficient and we definitely don't think they're going to be just."

The British protesters, who range in age from 18 to 48, represent an alternative lifestyle of communal living -- where food is sourced from supermarket bins, all decisions are made by consensus, and everybody fights to preserve the environment.

 
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