Author: Sarah Goodspeed, Youth and Policy Manager

The People United Will Never Be Defeated

El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! The people united will never be defeated! At the conclusion of COP25, there is a large sense of disappointment with the progress of negotiations by global leaders, yet a resounding sense of solidarity and determination to continue forward progress by civil society in global solidarity. The undeniable message resonating […]

Security and Climate Justice

The role of democracy and security in climate justice has not been spoken of as much in many side events or panels, but is strongly felt at COP even by civil society on a daily basis. Having this event moved from Santiago to Madrid was unprecedented, restricting access from negotiations for participants from Latin America […]

Perspective on Progress

Spending my day away from negotiations was surprisingly productive in building relationships and other forms of progress. A lineup of panels didn’t at first seem like a significant workload, but the people in the room and discussion in each space elevated the work beyond the typical conference. With the lack of federal leadership on climate […]

Coming Together in Action

Hawaiian youth leader Keoni Rodriguez opened a meeting between USCAN partners and the head negotiator of the United States with a prayer for those who are no longer with us and for those yet to be born, to give us compassion for the land, the sea, and the air as we come together in this […]

Youth in the Lead

The incredible power of the youth climate movement was immediately apparent as I began my experience at COP25. I was mid-flight while 500,000 people marched through Madrid on Friday evening, an unprecedented mobilization by a broad coalition. I arrived early on Saturday in time to catch the last day of week one. My walk to […]

Creating Home through COP

Climate Generation roots our work in the stories we all have as eyewitnesses to climate change. Growing up in Minnesota as a descendant from pioneer farmers, I did not learn the history of the Dakota people, whose ancestral homeland I also call home. I was lucky to spend my college years in California in my […]

President Trump Formalizes US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

On Monday November 4 the U.S. filed to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as President Trump announced in June 2017.  195 parties have signed onto the Paris Agreement, a global commitment to limit global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and developing clean economies. The withdrawal of the United States from this commitment means the […]

COP25 International Climate Negotiations Suspended

In an unprecedented announcement, COP25 has been relocated to Madrid after being postponed for a short time by host country Chile. This morning, Chilean President Sebastian Piñera announced that he will suspend the UN climate negotiations, COP25, in Santiago in the midst of violence and civil unrest. On Friday, more than one million people filled […]