Author: Paul Thompson - Cool Planet, WSF Volunteer Educator

Final Reflection on COP 17: “A People United, Will Never Be Defeated”

“A People United, Will Never Be Defeated” One week ago in the big march and rally through the streets of Durban those words were echoed over and over along with many other chants as 7,000 activists from all over the world made their statement. Were the delegates and ministers from the 191 countries represented at […]

Winding Down and Gearing Up

COP 17 ends tomorrow, but for all the NGOs and Inter governmental organizations it only means that our work is just continuing. The context of that work however may be slightly different depending on what happens inside the Baobab Plenary Room today and tomorrow. A major discussion item is emission control and closing the gigaton […]

State Department meets with Minnesota delegation

Jonathan Pershing’s secretary is from Eagan, MN and we had lots to chat about before Sharon said: “let me look at Jonathan’s schedule, can you come in Monday morning at 9 am?” We cleared security, got three latecomers approved and Sharon ushered us to the meeting room. A few minutes later Dr. Pershing (who received […]

Minnesotans Participate in the Tar Sands Action

My trip to Durban and COP 17 began with a trip to Washington DC. By now most of you have heard about the unusual reversal by the State Department and President Obama regarding approving the permit to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Tar Sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, […]

This is What Democracy Looks Like

Watching Zach, Taylor, Alec and Brock (from Stillwater High School) march down the National Mall holding the YEA! MN Banner and cheering “Clean Energy, Green Jobs” chants. Gene standing in front of 200 Minnesota college students proposing an action group to oppose the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Arrowhead, Minnesota.

Not What I Expected: Reflections on COP16

Dear Friends, It’s 2:10 am and I should be dead tired and crashing after another tiring, long day of COP 16, but something remarkable just happened and I’m wide awake and in awe of what I just witnessed. What just happened could just be that Bucky Fuller trimtab moment that all good RESULTS volunteers know […]