Author: Espoir DelMain, Window Into COP23 Delegate

Our Common Home and Its Role Here

The greater theme of this COP as I have seen through the Talanoa Dialogue, the way COP talks about “one conference, two zones” (referencing the two zones of civil society and official negotiations that exist here in Bonn), and through the Open Dialogue with youth, is accessibility. This, however, is not being carried out. With […]

Action in All Its Forms

Today was a day full of action and energy. I began the day by taking part in an action where youth called out fossil fuel companies. Today was Young and Future Generations Day but also, ironically, Business Day. There were tons of actions related to natural (unnatural, really) gas, fracking, and fossil fuels in general, […]


Half of my time at the COP23 negotiations has already passed. I feel like I’ve just gotten used to the chaos and nonstop action. I’m beginning to figure out where my own priorities lie and how I can best take advantage of accomplishing them while here. Today was full of meetings and starting to feel […]

The UNFCCC Negotiations

Today was an incredible day for me, very full and inspiring. This morning I was able to attend the YOUNGO (youth constituency) meeting for the first time, and it was really powerful to see so many initiatives, working groups, and actions being organized by youth from all over. I have noticed one thing throughout the […]

The Road to Bonn

For two and a half weeks, I have been collecting all the trash I generate to the best of my abilities. It has been eye opening to keep the trash outside my room, and then carry it around with me until I return. I was inspired by a friend here at Dickinson College after watching […]

Meet our COP23 Delegation: Espoir DelMain

Espoir DelMain 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. DelMain is a freshman at […]

Green Herons: Learning Through Experience

Espoir and the Green Herons at Great River School are members of Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN). YEA! MN is a core program of Climate Generation, dedicated to engaging and empowering high school students to lead on the transition to a just and resilient climate future for all. This year started off a […]

Youth CAN! and Youth Did!

I remember a hot, sticky day in mid-July in Washington DC sitting on my friend’s roof on a conference call with all my friends and committee members back in Minnesota, straining to hear what they were all saying. I couldn’t really hear what was happening but I could hear passion through the phone lines, people […]