Author: Danielle O

Youth Demand a FAB Treaty in Copenhagen

Today wraps up the end of the first week of negotiations in Copenhagen. It’s been a great time here, and a lot of good work has been accomplished. The youth have been an impressive positive force throughout the week and we have received a lot of recognition for our efforts, professionalism, energy and creativity. I […]

Local Stories Make Global Impacts

In Grand Rapids the organization Local First that has helped spur a movement in the city to think and buy local. The popular phrase, Think Globally, Act Locally has been an inspiration to citizens, students, and children alike and it has especially had a meaningful impact on me. This simple phrase is what has driven […]

Framing Week 2 at COP15

The international climate negotiations in Copenhagen are winding down to an end. With just four more days of talks left, and over 110 heads joining in the next few days, you can feel the restlessness of the Bella Center and even the world around the world. Will there be a deal, or not? Is it […]

Graduating During the

Today I “officially” graduated from Grand Valley State University – but in Copenhagen rather than Grand Rapids, Michigan. Instead of walking across the stage in the Van Andel Arena and shaking President Thomas Haas’ hand, I strolled the streets of Copenhagen with 100,000 of my closest friends. We walked, danced and chanted out way to […]

Tuvalu Demands Binding Climate Agreement

Today the small island nation of Tuvalu demanded a binding climate agreement from developed nations. After tabling the negotiations for a few hours, the Tuvalu delegation planned an unauthorized action just before recommencing the talks. I arrived at the plenary session early so I had a unique perspective from the inside of the hall. Below […]

Live from Hopenhagen: A Dose of Optimistic Reality

Cross-posted from Energy Action Coalition, www.powershift09.org Greetings from Copenhagen, It’s been an exciting and complex couple days at the UN climate summit. Despite all the talk about so-called “Climategate” at home, the focus here in Copenhagen is centered on the debate at hand, how will we actually address the catastrophic impacts of global climate change, […]

US Youth Well Represented at US State Department Briefing

Yesterday U.S. youth made a HUGE impact at the COP15 negotiations. The U.S. State Department invited NGOs and youth for an off-the-record briefing of U.S. position in the negotiations. Representatives included EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing, and Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs David Sandelow. […]

Highlights from Opening Day at COP15

Today’s opening session of COP15 kicked off with speeches from top world leaders, including UN Seretariet Ivo de Boer, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and new COP15 President Connie Hedegaard. I really enjoyed what these three individuals had to say. All three spoke about the need to end […]