Fans of singer, songwriter, actress and environmental supporter Jewel might be surprised to hear that she “attended” the climate change events occuring in Copenhagen, Denmark … without leaving her home state of Texas.
How did she manage this feat? Jewel and dozens of members of The Nature Conservancy used Cisco’s virtual meeting technology to connect “live” to participants attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference happening this week in Copenhagen. The objective of ‘COP 15’ is to set a global agreement between all of the countries of the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities. The TelePresence-based Global Climate Change Meeting Platform is bringing the discussions to individuals at more than 100 locations around the world, without travel, and will be used after Copenhagen to help ensure a successful emissions reduction agreement.
Jewel is supporting The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to reduce emissions and their impact on the environment. Cisco, AT&T and The Nature Conservancy recognize the positive impact that technology can have on climate change and are working together to promote innovative tools to help others manage their carbon footprint. Jewel’s virtual visit to Copenhagen today demonstrates how powerful an alternative technology can be and how an environmental supporter such as Jewel can engage in these important discussions, without being far from home.