Katowice – Ready to Impress

After three flights, a bus ride and a healthy walk, I arrived at COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

While my travels to get here were long, the host city of Katowice certainly has done an amazing amount of work to open the city to the conference attendees. Katowice is a beautiful city full of history, and it is ready to impress the world.

There are banners all around the city center, along with many holiday lights. It gets dark here around 4 p.m. so the lights are very appreciated!

From the minute you step out of the airport to all the venues around Katowice, there are guides in fluorescent vests who are ready to answer conference attendee questions. Bus and train transportation to and from COP24 is set up for conference attendees and is free. And, with all the dignitaries here for the negotiations, there is also an incredible amount of security. Police cars block traffic from coming into the city center and there are police on foot and on horse lining many of the streets in the city center.

To obtain your credentials for the climate negotiations, there is airport-like security. To avoid lines, I took a bus straight from the airport to COP24 registration. It was wonderful to run into fellow Minnesotans at registration!

 

Right next to COP24 is the Katowice Christmas Market, which is where I went for dinner tonight. There was a great band, many small gift shops and some traditional food.

Katowice is clearly ready to impress the world.

I am honored to be here, with the Climate Generation delegation, and with the business community that expresses support for collective action on climate change. It is so important to address climate change. Let’s hope COP24 impresses the world, and history is made with commitments here in Katowice.

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