Nearly a thousand Copenhageners visited the European Environment Agency when we stayed open to the public all evening during Copenhagen Culture night on the 13th October.
Energetic: Hundreds of children took part in the treasure-hunt on the theme of energy. Here a group struggles to answer how much greenhouse gases an average person produces annually in different countries.
The evening’s program was kicked off with a very well attended panel
debate highlighting the topic of bio-energy as an option for Denmark
from various angles. EEA project manager Peder Jensen explained the
opportunities and limitations of bioenergy in Denmark, while the
chairman of the energy committee of the Danish parliament Eyvind
Vesselbo and MP Anne Grete Homsgaard gave the political views from the
government and opposition side respectively, and Lene Lange from the
Danish company Novozymes offered the industry perspective. The debate,
chaired by Danish Radio journalist Karen Hjulmand, also benefited from
an active audience with lots of questions to the panel.
A wide range of activities were on offer for visitors of all ages
throughout the evening. A treasure hunt on the theme of energy and
aimed specifically at children presented participants with a variety of
tasks to solve and questions to answer. A theatre group from a local
school (Ballerup ungdomsskole) performed a piece with an environmental
theme, especially written for the evening and based on the H.C.
Andersen fairy-tale “The Nightingale” and (mainly unplugged) music was
provided by the choir KonTakt and the urban street-rock band Oooh
EEA communications manager Marion Hannerup says “The success of the
evening shows that the environment is definitely of interest to the
general public. The event clearly helped raise awareness of both the
Agency and the issue of energy saving among Copenhageners.”