Author: Michelle Courtright, Window into COP24 Delegate

Onward!

My last day here has been met with feelings of great opportunity and optimism, as well as uncertainty and despair for what lies ahead of us as a nation and global community in the decades ahead. The majority of scientists, researchers, activists, and diplomats I’ve met over this trip have privately explained that the effects […]

Foodies Unite!

Today was by far my most thrilling day of COP24. When I started researching livestock’s effect on climate change, I leaned heavily on the research coming out of Oxford University’s School of Food. The lead researcher, Marco Springmann, was part of a panel today that included food experts from around the world. His findings have […]

Climate Relationship Status: It’s Complicated.

Coming to COP24, I expected to laser-focus on the issue of livestock production. But being here has opened my eyes to all the complicated issues around food production including deforestation, water conservation, energy use in food preparation, decarbonizing supply chains, carbon release in soil, methane mitigation, food transportation, gender equality in agriculture, crop insurance, economies […]

Donald Trump Wants To Take Your Beer Away

As you may have heard, the United States delegation was met with laughter and disbelief at their panel here yesterday. “We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,” said Wells Griffith, Trump’s adviser. While this is horrific enough, I’ve met several organizations here […]

30,000 People Eating is a Lot of GHGs!

So thrilled to be here in Poland and see the excitement and commitment to climate change around me. While I stood in line for registration, I met environmental advocates from Tel Aviv talking about the nutritional value of a good hummus dish and two women from Marrakesh talking about traditional braised greens. As someone who […]

Journey to Poland: Unrest in Paris

As I’m headed to Poland with the excitement of world engagement on climate change, I’m reminded of the economic realities of policy change with a carbon tax. From my window in the Marais area of Paris, I can see hundreds of “yellow vests” that are taking to the streets to revolt against Macron’s carbon tax […]

Fig Goes to Poland!

Could the answer to a significant decrease in greenhouse gases be completely within our own control, with something as delicious as a bowl of soup? We are heading to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP24, to find out! It’s been reported by the University of Chicago that if every American ate […]