Author: Leigh Currie, Window Into COP23 Delegate

Shaking Al Gore’s Hand

My time in Bonn is coming to a close, and I’m sure Climate Generation’s week two delegates are getting ready to arrive. I don’t leave until Sunday, but I’m planning on being a tourist for at least part of tomorrow and checking out a little bit more of Bonn. It’s a hard choice, though, because […]

America’s Most Wanted: State-Level Actions

Today marked the official opening of the U.S. Climate Action Center here in Bonn at COP23. As I mentioned in a previous post, the Climate Action Center is a stand-in for the U.S. Pavilion. Because the U.S. refused to pay for a pavilion this year—for the first time ever—private parties, including former New York mayor […]

Access and Transparency

Last night, I was talking to my husband about my experience at COP23, and I confessed that I still don’t really understand what I’m supposed to be doing here. There’s definitely plenty to see, watch, learn about, absorb, etc., but I was trying to figure out if being an official “observer” of the UNFCCC negotiations […]

The U.S. Is Out, But We Are Still In

My second day at COP23 brought a good deal of reflection on what it means to be an American at a global climate change conference. It’s definitely an uncomfortable feeling. As a clean energy and climate change attorney at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, I’m used to occupying what I view as the high […]

Day one – let the negotiations begin!

I spent the morning watching the opening ceremony for COP23. There were performances by youth from the International School of Bonn and Fiji setting the stage for the next two weeks. The song by the schoolkids was “We Are An Island” with the theme that we are all an island needing to work together. The […]

Meet Our COP23 Delegation: Leigh Currie

Leigh Currie 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. Currie is a Senior Staff […]