Author: Shannon Bartholomew, Education Ambassador

A New Approach to Climate Action

Today I had the unique opportunity to do two great things. First, I met with Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, along with the other Education Ambassadors I have traveled to Paris with for COP21. We went to the U.S. Embassy to sit at a table with him and express the concerns that our […]

The Clock is Ticking…

Today I visited an installation at the Place du Pantheon here in France. It was 12 pieces of glacial ice placed in the arrangement of a clock, melting into the streets of Paris. The installation served as a powerful visual reminder of how fleeting the ice is that feeds our streams, and brings life to 80% of the […]

What Does Climate Justice Mean to You?

If you look at your life, and your place in the world, do you ever think, “I deserve justice. My environment is changing through no fault of my own. Where is my climate justice?” If you are like me, the answer is no. As Americans, we take for granted the prosperous place that we call […]

What Do We All Have in Common?

What could a teacher from Minnesota possibly have in common with a Papuan traditional Leader, a Poet Activist, and a Deputy Secretary General of AMAN? A plea to climate negotiators to hear our voices and protect our environment for future generations. This morning I had the privilege to speak to Beckie Alexander, a middle school […]

Engaging Youth in Climate Solutions

Well, our first afternoon in Paris. As we entered the city from the airport, you could see the divide between the old structures and the new. The classic-sounding police sirens and the smell of fresh baked bread juxtaposed with modern high rises in the back drop. We raced to the Arc de Triomphe so we […]

People’s Climate March in Saranac Lake

As we gather in the chilly Adirondack air, we notice a change in our November that unfortunately is becoming more common with each passing year….there’s no snow on the ground.  Even in the 20 plus years that I have lived here, I know that this is not normal for the “heart” of the Adirondacks. So […]

Friday Feature: Meet COP21 Education Ambassador Shannon Bartholomew!

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 Shannon Bartholomew, a high school biology teacher […]