Wild for Wade Davis

Davis has two TED talks up on the web site. The second is about belief and ritual. You can find it here. In his speeches, Wade expounds on what unites us. “We all share the same adaptive imperatives—we’re all born, we all bring our children into the world, we go through initiation rites, we have to […]

SD Messages Arrive Safely to President Obama

To all those who wrote messages for the Copenhagen book, congratulations! A successful delivery of these Midwest messages, along with the messages of Kenyan youth and a joint cover letter, went to President Obama. To see the final book that these messages were placed in, and to hear comments from some of the youth that […]

Thoughts on the COP 15 Summit in Copenhagen

  Contents: What was this conference, and why did it get so much attention? What actually happened at COP 15? What comes next? I. What was this conference, and why did it get so much attention? It was the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change […]

Climate Justice Fast

This past Thursday, one day before the end of the 2009 Conference of Parties (COP 15), I fasted to help call attention to the great injustice of global climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions, which come disproportionately from people in industrialized countries, are imposing serious climate impacts on the rest of the world–droughts and desertification in […]

Helping Guatemala in Copenhagen

With hopes fading that countries will reach an international climate treaty in Copenhagen, it comes as some consolation that progress has been made to preserve the world’s forests. On Wednesday, six of the world’s richest countries including the U.S., Australia and Japan announced they would pledge $3.5 billion to halt deforestation in developing countries. Announcements […]

Inspiration from Peers, Not Leaders

As Obama addressed the plenary hall inside the Bella Center, many watched from outside since NGO’s had limited to no access to the center today. His speech echoed through the concrete hall while all stared in silence. Furrowed brows headlined the uncertain glances around the hall at friends and strangers. Is this the same President […]

United Nations Climate Conference

The mood is edgy in the Forum in Copenhagen. This large arena/conference space has been set up for NGO-accredited people attending the United Nations Climate Conference. Large screens broadcast the proceedings from the Bella Center (where the actual conference is being held) to rows and rows of seats occupied only occasionally by a person. Laptops […]