Author: Roy Lander, Education Ambassador

Who Is At COP21?

For today’s blog, I wanted to go around the Green Zone at Le Bourget and talk to people about COP21, and why being there was important to them. Initially, I thought that I might focus on speaking with young people, but changed gears when other opportunities presented themselves. For some, including myself, striking up random […]

Moving Forward on Climate Change for Our Children

Today was the day – our group of 10 Education Ambassadors went to the U.S. Embassy in Paris to deliver messages from our students, sharing their fears and hopes around climate change, to President Obama’s Science Advisor John Holdren. My 5th grade students at the Galloway School in Atlanta created postcards that express their concerns […]

The Paris Agreement Will Not Be Built in a Day

The phrase “Rome was not built in a day” could fittingly be applied to the Paris negotiations. Obviously, the French government and the United Nations have been planning for COP21 for several years, just as other cities do when hosting large events. What’s more, the rest of the world has been planning too, thanks to […]

Money Changes Everything

I borrowed the title of my blog, “Money Changes Everything,” from a Cindy Lauper song. However, to more accurately describe the tone of the negotiations at Le Bourget, quoting a Pink Floyd song seems more appropriate. In the song “Money,” the band wrote, “Money get back, I’m alright, Jack, keep your hands off my stack.” […]

The Vanishing

This afternoon, the entire delegation of Education Ambassadors donned their red jackets and boarded Paris Metro trains to travel to UNESCO, where we saw two short films followed by a live interview led by Robert Redford titled “Storytelling for Global Action,” facilitated by National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh. Redford has been an […]

Friday Feature: Meet COP21 Education Ambassador Roy Lander!

As our COP21 Window Into Paris program approaches, we will be featuring an educator in our delegation each week to share their thoughts on the program and how they plan to incorporate their experience at the UN climate change negotiations into their classrooms. This week’s featured educator is Roy Lander, a middle school science teacher […]