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and before Abbott. Others are planning actions, gathering intel, or helping island nations to get a response together. Two rapidly film a video for the AYCC database. I make a tepidly-received suggestion that perhaps we can refer to the event as 'accord-gate'. Twitter is ablaze with comment. In these wee small hours of the morning, we learn that Kevin Rudd was in the room as the Accord was drafted, Kumi Naidoo, CEO of Greenpeace, describes the city as a “climate crime scene”, and a few hundred grimly determined, grimly cold protestors take up station in the cold outside the centre, bearing witness to the travesty that has just occurred. Eventually, I at least feel I have done everything useful that I can, and retire, resigned. Waking a few hours later, it's morning and I am witness to the aftermath of a battle. A dull snow is falling from the sky. The atmosphere in the hostel lobby is mournful. It's over. Maybe it had to be this way. The casualties will be untold. For the AYD, it's our last day together, and we spend most of it in Øksnehallen. That afternoon, we sit and share our experiences and reflections. There is laughter. There are tears, recollections, admissions. Hopes and fears are divulged, revelations and realisations told. None of us are unscarred, but we have been hardened and, aware of the work that remains, we are every one of us ready for it. We're not done yet.

On the 12th, about 100,000 people march through the streets of Copenhagen in support of 'climate justice'. It is so long that one can stop in a bakery, grab a bite to eat and then join back in. Photograph courtesy Joel Dignam.

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about the writer

Joel Dignam is a rag-tag misfit with a penchant for the unconventional and a growing unease with regards to the lack of response to the climate crisis. To relax, he delights in various arts, most particularly literature, music, and capture the flag. Joel is in the second year of his degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering, is Environment Officer of the SRC, and is active in SA's Climate Emergency Action Network.

On Dit Magazine: Volume 78, Issue 1  

On Dit Magazine is a fortnightly Australian student magazine with an emphasis on exceptional writing, photography, and illustration.

On Dit Magazine: Volume 78, Issue 1  

On Dit Magazine is a fortnightly Australian student magazine with an emphasis on exceptional writing, photography, and illustration.