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Your Window into COP23 Day 12: November 17

Our delegation was a part of the U.S. People’s Delegation at COP23. Watch how people from across the country represented U.S. leadership and highlighted the just and equitable solutions we need. The U.S. People's Delegation at COP23 Communities in the U.S. are standing up. Despite Trump’s disastrous climate decisions, at the UN Climate Talks, the […]

COP23 Reflection

My time at COP23 was one of the most exciting experiences in my life. Being able to see everything that was going on at the conference was amazing. During my time here, I learned so much and experienced even more. Throughout the conference, there were three main themes that I noticed that I want to […]

Education Day

Today (Thursday) was Education Day at the Climate Conference and hence there was a strand of UN sponsored sessions and other organizations that had education presentations at their pavilions. The day included speeches of encouragement from eminent officials, examples of programs and accomplishments, and importantly, the voices of youth in music, advocacy, and video. The […]

It’s never over

I can only imagine what the Kyoto Protocol days were like, with so much hope and anticipation for the future. I remember feeling that way in Copenhagen, too. Maybe because I haven’t been here the entire two weeks, maybe because I’m feeling…unsure. I’ve learned so much in the last week, I am overwhelmed. I received […]

The importance of faith

Some things only work if you believe in them – the tooth fairy, Tinkerbell, the international banking system, and our ability to take meaningful action to prevent the worst impacts of potential climate change. When you stop believing in the tooth fairy, you don’t get money under your pillow if you lose a tooth. If […]

Your Window into COP23 Day 11: November 16

Watch Melissa Hortman’s webinar from yesterday on the power of Minnesotans at COP23 and the power to make a difference at home. Today is Education Day at COP23, and our delegates have the opportunity to participate in a number of sessions focused on education’s role in achieving climate action. Education is recognized by the United Nations […]

All the countries of the world are united – but the U.S. is on the outside looking in

The Conferences of the Parties (COPs) are full of many different activities. Negotiations. There are official negotiations, of course, to fill out the operational details of the Paris Agreement. Some of the representatives of the various governments of the world are dedicated to these official meetings and making sure that a particular country’s point of […]

Indigenous Women’s Day

I’d like to give my apologies for not posting yesterday, I went back to the apartment in the evening intending to take a small nap and woke up 16 hours later!!! It was much needed rest and very appreciated! Today was Indigenous Women’s Day at COP23. I was given tobacco by some of the Indigenous delegates […]

Tides and Waves

Craig Johnson was a delegate with our Window into Marrakech, COP22 program in 2016. He is an educator at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN. COP23 in Bonn is the 7th UNFCCC Climate Change Conference I have attended and the 8th to welcome School of Environmental Studies (SESEF) student delegates as official […]

Africa voices in climate change discussions

Since I served in the Peace Corps in Liberia in the 70s and again last year, I am eager to hear the voice of Africans in these climate change negotiations. Today, I attended a large side event called Africa Day, and I want to share some of their voices. Denis Sassou Nguesso, the President of […]