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Your Window into COP25: December 12

Youth and civil society voices cut through the noise of pomp and circumstance during the negotiations yesterday. We’re feeling the palpable energy of rising tensions from our delegates — their blogs today speak to the unrest inside the convention space. The official negotiations made little to no progress in the second day of high-level segments, […]

Your Window into COP25: December 11

The high-level segments of COP25 kicked off yesterday, where the heads of government and representing ministers are required to share statements from their country with the other world leaders in attendance. These statements communicate their priorities in tackling climate change, and usually include the progress on what has been achieved thus far. During the opening […]

Your Window into COP25: December 10

Good morning, Window into COP25-ers! Part of the challenge with COPs is how inaccessible it can be, both physically and informationally. The international media usually only covers the achievements or failures of the negotiating Parties, missing an opportunity to bring to life the rich community, pressure, and urgency that non-Party attendees breathe into the conference. […]

Your Window into COP25: December 9

The last week of COP25 kicks off today. Our delegates from Minnesota are now attending sessions, and ministers from participating countries are arriving this week as well, pushing conversations that may have come to a standstill to continue with more urgency. Today, we’re diving into one of the critical, remaining pieces of the Paris Agreement […]

Your Window into COP25: December 6

It’s the fifth day of COP25, and what a whirlwind it’s been! To keep it simple, we’ve got four days to recap from our last correspondence, so we’re highlighting four “need-to-know” updates for you. Let’s dive in together… TUESDAY A U.S. Congressional Delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived on December 2nd with a […]

Your Window into COP25: December 2

Today is the first day of COP25, the 25th annual international UN climate negotiations! Over 25,000 people from 200 countries are gathering in Madrid, Spain to participate as world leaders work to increase their commitments for climate action under the Paris Agreement. We’re excited to send one of our staff, along with three additional Minnesota […]

Getting Ready for COP25

With the sound of plows and shovels, it’s official—it’s winter in Minnesota. Lately, this has come to mean that conversations about whether climate change is real (how can it be warming when it’s so cold?!) will be coming along with Arctic blasts and blizzards. Last January, I was scheduled to give a talk on climate […]

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 […]

Letting Our Guard Down

I remember growing up in Southern MN, listening to REM’s Green album and feeling a rising, persistent concern for the state of our planet. At that time, in the 1980’s, environmental issues seemed very tangible for me, with acid rain and the ozone layer constantly in the news. I spent most of my time exploring […]