Beyond COP21: My Commitment to Action

Greetings. I write from the Green Zone of COP21 on the last day of the negotiations, and I am feeling deeply inspired about what I have seen and experienced over the last week. Serving as an Education Ambassador with Climate Generation during the UNFCCC COP21 negotiations is one of the greatest honors that I have […]

A Closing Window for Climate Action

It was hard to transition back to being a middle school teacher after having a week with my mind focused on the global-scale problem of climate change. Back in my classroom this week, my students were receptive to the summary I provided of the deal that was struck at COP21. I told them that it […]

Back in the U.S.

Upon arriving back at MSP airport, we learned that the Paris climate agreement was passed. Our group was so happy, some were moved to tears. Finally, a starting point for climate action. We wondered why the others on the plane were not cheering. One woman said she represented the small island nations and she did […]

The Momentum Doesn’t Stop at COP21

The momentum doesn’t stop at COP21. Two days back in Minnesota and my mind is still swirling with the ideas and experiences from COP21. There was so much energy and focus on climate change for that week that I still have not processed its full impact – on the world, and on me personally. Before […]

Children Are the Future; We Must Teach Them Well

“Knowledge empowers people with our most powerful tool: the ability to think and decide. There is no power for change greater than a child discovering what he or she cares about.” ― Seymour Simon in a speech about global warming read on the National Mall for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, 2010 There is […]

Awareness and Action

In looking back at the amazing, intense, gratifying, and busy week that I spent with the Climate Generation Education Ambassadors in Paris, there are two main realizations that I hope to hold onto forever: the power of personal stories and the power of example. The power of personal stories works two ways: bringing eye-witness stories […]

We Need to Hear Each Other’s’ Stories

I left Paris struck by the power of the story. The news prior to COP21 indicated that the inclusion of language referencing a 2° temperature cap would be considered a victory. Upon arrival at Le Bourget on November 30, 2015, the small island states started telling their stories. They painted a personal picture of a […]

Historic climate agreement reached in Paris

Statement from Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy on the signing of the COP21 climate agreement in Paris “The agreement that has been forged at COP21 represents a historic victory in the effort to achieve a meaningful framework for international climate policy. Today, we celebrate that. The agreement is a strong foundation for future global […]