Author: Cheryl Olseth, Window into COP23 Delegate


My goal this week was to represent philanthropy and how this sector plays a role in climate action and how it will shift in the future. Philanthropy is most definitely playing a large role in the climate movement. Discussion panel experts here at COP23 were often executive directors, scientists, or specialists of both large and […]

Grassroots Activism

With COP21 setting the commitment to a maximum of 1.5°C global temperature rise, countries pledged varying but significant carbon emission reductions. With each day at COP23, it becomes more evident that a 1.5°C goal will only be achieved with a combination of government policy mandates, NGO action, and grassroots organization. Governments constantly change administrations often, […]

Displacement, Human Mobility, and Climate Change

Between 2008 and 2016, 25.3 million people have been displaced from their homes due to extreme weather events – equivalent to one person per second. The tally does not include slow-moving human migration attributed to long term drought or sea level rise, but solely weather events such as tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, raging wildfires, and stalled […]

Climate Change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In the 1980’s, a three pillared environmental sustainability model was developed. The three pillars were: The earth with the atmosphere, oceans, mountains, flora, fauna, etc. People, the society and cultures. Economic, energy, resources and capital. The theory was that all three pillars would overlap but remain consistently equally balanced. In the 1980’s, we were a […]

The Weekend

Ian and I arrived Saturday evening via planes, trains, and zero automobiles. Germany has implemented an efficient public transport system – hooray for lower carbon transportation – albeit a bit chaotic for the non-German speaking Americans. Our travel experience from Dusseldorf Airport to Bonn, Germany should have been easy, but the language barrier and jet […]

On Our Way to COP23

Minnesota, my home state, has traditionally had four well-defined seasons: a short but beautiful spring, a hot and stormy summer, an autumn with picturesque trees turning red and gold under crisp blue skies, and a slide into a long, frigid, snowy winter. Minnesotans embrace the outdoors – boating and fishing on summer lakes and rivers […]

Meet Our COP23 Delegation: Cheryl Olseth

Cheryl Olseth is a member of Climate Generation’s Window Into COP23 program, a multi-sector delegation attending the United Nation Framework on Climate Change Convention’s 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bonn, Germany. Our delegates will observe sessions and interact with climate change policy negotiations across international leaders and stakeholders. Olseth is Director of the […]