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Your Window Into COP24: December 13

The high-level negotiations continued at COP24 yesterday with the close of the Talanoa Dialogue. We wanted to share what some countries, groups, and non-governmental organizations presented to the ministers overseeing the creation of the Paris Agreement rulebook in the final portion of the political phase. Fiji: “1.5 is more than a number, for some countries […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 12

The high-level segments of COP24 have truly taken off as it’s crunch time for Parties to finalize their contributions to the Paris Agreement rulebook. Ministers and heads of state from around the world arrived this week to pair off into negotiating teams that will produce a more concise draft. The tension is running high as […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 10

The two-week climate negotiations are officially more than halfway through. The weekend at COP saw lots of action, both from the standpoint of negotiating Parties and participating citizens from across the world. Most specifically, a battle between two words, “note” or “welcome”, fueled a heated discussion over language as countries began to get technical about […]

First Impressions of COP24

I am staying in the historic town of Cracow, which is about an hour and a half train or bus ride from Katowice. The city of Cracow is rich with stories of resilience through changes in government, faith, and culture. I had the opportunity to ride to Katowice on a shuttle with energy professionals from […]

Four Minnesota business leaders attending international climate negotiations

Corporate delegates selected to represent U.S. sustainable leadership in Poland MINNEAPOLIS –  Nov. 28, 2018 – Representatives from Best Buy, Target, BWBR, and local restaurant Fig + Farro will represent Minnesota at the United Nations international climate conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland this December 2–14. The four delegates were selected to attend through Climate Generation: […]

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 […]

Preparing for the COP24 Delegation

Action on climate change is important to me for many reasons. The projections of continued increased temperatures and severe weather events, loss of biodiversity, ecosystem changes, etc., can be truly terrifying. The biggest reason I’m passionate about fighting climate change are my three kids. I often think of the Native American proverb “We do not […]

Gearing Up for COP24

I’m gearing up for the challenge of COP24. I’m evaluating the things that will make travelling to another country more comfortable, such as noise cancelling headphones for the plane ride, European adapters for my cell phone, a good backpack for my laptop and, possibly, a battery backup. I’m also preparing to be as productive as […]