Monthly Archive for December, 2009

Sara Peach Reports from Climate Demonstrations in Copenhagen

Some 250 demonstrators are reported to have been arrested following some of the most intense protesting since the United Nations Climate Change Conference began more than a week ago in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here’s what our own Sara Peach reported today for Grist.

Youth activists were beaten by police this morning in Copenhagen after they marched out of the Bella Center, shouting “Reclaim power!” and “Climate justice now!”

During the second week of the COP15 talks in Copenhagen, the number of activists allowed to attend the talks has been drastically reduced. By Friday, when President Obama arrives, the number of nongovernmental “observers,” the UN group to which most of the activists belong, will be reduced to just 90.

A mix of frustrated indigenous, youth, and environmental activists walked out of the talks this morning at about 11 a.m. local time. Once outside, the marchers attempted to join a second group of activists organized by the anti-corporate network Climate Justice Action. But before the two groups could join, they met a line of police.

The activists and the police shoved back and forth, and the police beat them with batons. The marchers said throughout the action that they had remained peaceful.

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Announcing the Launch of “Being Asheville,” from CPJW 2009

We’re proud to announce the launch of Being Asheville: Unearthing the Spirit of Western Carolina. This collection of videos and audio slideshows is the fruit of the most recent installment of the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop. During CPJW, which was founded in 2004, we put together a big group of multimedia students and head off for a different part of our state to produce a documentary Web site in a week. This year, we hunkered down in a few cabins at the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain and began working on a series of stories that captured at least the essence of the Asheville.

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a city of wonderful contradiction; it’s a place where wilderness gives way to urbanity and tradition and folkways give way to well… a healthy dose of the weird. In short, Asheville is just a unique and utterly awesome place.

This year we also had the privilege of producing a few day stories for the Charlotte Observer in conjunction with their multimedia package commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A special thanks to Observer PJ John Simmons and DP Bert Fox for arranging this unique opportunity. See the stories.

As always a great thanks goes out to all the coaches and their respective newspapers for their help in producing these stories. And most importantly thanks to all the individuals and families who shared their lives with us for a week. We can’t wait to get back to the mountains.

Watch Being Asheville.