Author: John Olson, Window Into COP23 Delegate

Education Day

Today (Thursday) was Education Day at the Climate Conference and hence there was a strand of UN sponsored sessions and other organizations that had education presentations at their pavilions. The day included speeches of encouragement from eminent officials, examples of programs and accomplishments, and importantly, the voices of youth in music, advocacy, and video. The […]

Africa voices in climate change discussions

Since I served in the Peace Corps in Liberia in the 70s and again last year, I am eager to hear the voice of Africans in these climate change negotiations. Today, I attended a large side event called Africa Day, and I want to share some of their voices. Denis Sassou Nguesso, the President of […]

Tuesday’s focus on state actions

Today (Tuesday) was fast-paced, and I will describe a few highlights. It seems attending press briefings and reading summaries from organizations are some of the best ways to find out the conference’s progress on the issues that are being negotiated. The Climate Action Network reports that there is progress on defining rules for national reporting […]

Monday, Week Two at the Climate Conference

Today was my first day attending sessions at the conference, and I am back on track after my jetlag. An orientation session by Climate Action Network (CAN) for new COP attendees certainly helped me understand the purpose and structure of the conference. Since I know there may be some new readers to the blogs, I […]

Sunday Activities Around the Climate Conference

Today (Sunday), I arrived in Bonn. I had flown into the Frankfurt Airport and the highlight of the journey was to ride on a high speed train at 150 miles per hour. It was amazingly smooth and quiet. Along the way, there were well-cared-for fields and farm houses with many surrounding wind turbines. My host […]

Preparing for my education focus at the Climate Conference

“Education is a secret weapon in fighting climate change.” That is an approximation of a quote I recently heard. The speaker was referring to the long term effort that is needed to combat and adapt to climate change and the role education can play in supporting the efforts of the current and next generations of […]

Meet Our COP23 Delegation: John Olson

John Olson 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. Olson is the Science Content […]