Author: Jesse Turck, Window into COP24 Delegate

Final Negotiations

I visited Auschwitz on the last morning of COP24. It was an incredibly moving experience. After getting through the ticketing process you enter the camp through the famous Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate. The next two and a half hours were amazingly sad to see the facilities and learn more about how […]

Al Gore

The day started with a presentation by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. I am a Climate Reality Leader through the Climate Reality Project, founded by Mr. Gore. It is a great organization that trains and empowers individuals around the world to share the information on climate change. The Climate Reality Project, including extensive time […]

First Full Day to Explore COP24

I walked out of my hotel into a snowstorm that made it feel like Minnesota – big heavy wet flakes. After getting on the road to go to Katowice, we soon realized that 2” of snow messes up rush hour traffic no matter where you are. The normal hour-long trip took almost twice as long. […]

U.S. Climate Action

The U.S. doesn’t have an official pavilion at COP24. Many countries have varying degrees of elaborate pavilions showcasing their efforts on climate change and some have areas for presentations. For example, here is Thailand’s pavilion. However, the World Wildlife Fund allowed their pavilion to be switched over to the U.S. Climate Action Center for four […]

Sustainable Innovation Forum

Sunday was an official “day off” from official COP24 events, other than the high-level negotiators. I attended the Sustainable Innovation Forum, which was an official affiliate event at a hotel in downtown Katowice. Some of the description from the website: “Where policy-makers and climate technology innovators meet. The Sustainable Innovation Forum presents a crucial opportunity […]

First Impression of Poland

I landed in Krakow at about 10:00 a.m. local time Saturday. My journey began at the Minneapolis / St. Paul airport about 13 hours earlier with brief stops in Chicago and Frankfurt. Overall it was uneventful, and I was able to get a few naps in on the flights. The owner of the guesthouse picked […]

Preparing for the COP24 Delegation

Action on climate change is important to me for many reasons. The projections of continued increased temperatures and severe weather events, loss of biodiversity, ecosystem changes, etc., can be truly terrifying. The biggest reason I’m passionate about fighting climate change are my three kids. I often think of the Native American proverb “We do not […]