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Youth Climate Lobby Day: A Light in the Dark

The 9th annual Youth Climate Lobby Day at the Minnesota State Capitol began with a Summit in the Governor’s Reception Room. This opening event included Governor Dayton, Lt. Governor Smith and a packed room full of young people. It featured a powerful panel of youth speakers representing partner organizations, including MPIRG, Minnesota Interfaith Power & […]

The Strong, Lasting Impact of Youth Lobby Day 2015

During the 2014-2015 school year I had the privilege of receiving credit towards my senior year at DeLaSalle High School through an internship with Climate Generation’s YEA! MN program. I was fed up with the monotony of high school and was looking for work that I could be passionate about and that would give my […]

Your Window Into Marrakech: We Will Move Ahead

The COP22 negotiations produced the Marrakech Action Proclamation, which touted “irreversible momentum on climate” while calling for much greater ambition. The commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement remains firm, despite new uncertainty as to the future actions of the U.S. For their part, U.S. representatives did all they could to show the world that sub-national […]

No One Mentioned Giving Up

Traveling home from COP22 and Marrakech, not even adrenalin-invoking near misses on flight legs with no back-up options or a night on the cold stone floor of Charles De Gaulle airport could dampen the spirits of the SES COP22 delegates as they began to reflect on and process their experiences in Morocco. Reading their COP22 […]

Taking Things into Our Own Hands

What stood out to me most at COP22 was the concrete division between the urgency of the negotiations and negotiators compared to the urgency apparent among the people and organizations running the side events. During my experience in Marrakech, as someone not directly involved in the negotiations, I felt the urgency all around me. There […]

COP 22: Looking Back and Forging Ahead

This year’s round of UN climate negotiations have officially come to a close, as six hours of overtime negotiations ended around 2AM on Saturday morning. While progress was made in advancing the implementation of the Paris Agreement, this “COP of action” hardly lived up to it’s name. Parties agreed to be inclusive, transparent, and open […]

United in the Commitment to Change

After almost two weeks in Marrakech at COP22, by the end of last week I found myself sitting back in the classroom and back in my daily routine. I already miss the early morning dashes through the winding streets of the medina to the venue. Now, back on my bike in the Netherlands, I’ve been […]

Climate Activist Profile: Nouhad Awwad, Lebanon

Nouhad Awwad is a young Lebanese climate organizer living in Beirut. She has a Masters in Environmental Policy Planning and founded the Lebanese national chapter of the Arab Youth Climate Movement in 2015. She is the Lebanese youth delegate at COP22. Nouhad’s first experiences in environmental organizing began at the age of 15 when she […]

Your Window Into Marrakech: The Final Week of Negotiations

The UN COP22 Climate Change Conference is now in the final week of negotiations. As negotiators begin the work of turning the Paris Agreement into a pathway forward towards a zero-carbon economy, several high-level diplomats will be flying in for COP22’s final days. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in Marrakech today and […]

The Global Imperative of Climate Change Education

Bringing a delegation of students to a COP Conference is challenging and often unpredictable work. The logistics and the responsibilities that come with student travel are constantly at the forefront, and the tasks of clearing roadblocks and removing obstacles so that the students can experience and learn are front and center. But why? To what […]