Author: Billy Koenig, Education Ambassador

The Emotional Roller-coaster of COP21

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” ― Helen Keller COP21 is an emotional roller-coaster. I don’t want to miss a single thing and I’m exhausted. Throughout this week I have experienced a wider range of emotions than any other […]

The Pope, the Encyclical and the Future of Climate Change Education

Walking through the conference areas at COP21, I am struck by the religious presence here. You probably wouldn’t equate the environmental movement with religious ideologies, but the Vatican is represented here, I’ve met an Episcopal lobbyist from Washington, and at dinner last night someone from the Sierra Club encouraged me to read the Pope’s recent […]

Businesses and Grandparents

Treehugger, hippie, flower child, greenie, liberal, idealistic kid. These would probably be the stereotypical response from many Americans as to who is taking part in COP21 in Paris. There are a number of these kinds of “traditional” environmentalists here, but the number of businessmen, businesswoman, “suits,” financiers, executives, capitalists, and even grandparents that are also […]


“You see with your satellites, I see with my eyes,” said Mundiya Kepanga, a Papuan Chief from Papua New Guinea through his translator. Greenhouse gases cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. Climate change itself can not be seen by the masses. Someone who does not have an intimate relationship with land or nature has to […]

Friday Feature: Meet COP21 Education Ambassador Billy Koenig!

As our COP21 Window Into Paris program approaches, we will be featuring an educator in our delegation each week to share their thoughts on the program and how they plan to incorporate their experience at the UN climate change negotiations into their classrooms. This week’s featured educator is Billy Koenig, a high school biology teacher […]