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Hope and Gratitude

As I write this, the results of the conference are still unsure. The closing ceremony of COP24 was to start at 4 p.m. but it was delayed till 7 p.m. and now until 10 p.m. Regardless of the outcome of this political process, there are many things that continue to give me hope that we […]

Final Negotiations

I visited Auschwitz on the last morning of COP24. It was an incredibly moving experience. After getting through the ticketing process you enter the camp through the famous Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate. The next two and a half hours were amazingly sad to see the facilities and learn more about how […]

Onward!

My last day here has been met with feelings of great opportunity and optimism, as well as uncertainty and despair for what lies ahead of us as a nation and global community in the decades ahead. The majority of scientists, researchers, activists, and diplomats I’ve met over this trip have privately explained that the effects […]

Foodies Unite!

Today was by far my most thrilling day of COP24. When I started researching livestock’s effect on climate change, I leaned heavily on the research coming out of Oxford University’s School of Food. The lead researcher, Marco Springmann, was part of a panel today that included food experts from around the world. His findings have […]

Inspired

Today was a day of inspiration. My morning started with a plenary by former Vice President, Al Gore. In a presentation that lasted over an hour, he made a compelling case for why climate change is the greatest moral crisis of our time. Similar to his documentaries, but updated with the latest information and events, […]

Al Gore

The day started with a presentation by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. I am a Climate Reality Leader through the Climate Reality Project, founded by Mr. Gore. It is a great organization that trains and empowers individuals around the world to share the information on climate change. The Climate Reality Project, including extensive time […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 13

The high-level negotiations continued at COP24 yesterday with the close of the Talanoa Dialogue. We wanted to share what some countries, groups, and non-governmental organizations presented to the ministers overseeing the creation of the Paris Agreement rulebook in the final portion of the political phase. Fiji: “1.5 is more than a number, for some countries […]

Work in Progress

It’s a constant, bustling hive of activity at the COP24 conference in Katowice. It’s often crowded, with sleep-deprived professionals rushing through the connected web of permanent and temporary buildings to get to meetings. Workstations are set up in hallways, sometimes on the floor, and impromptu meetings take place throughout the facility. I attended a number […]

First Full Day to Explore COP24

I walked out of my hotel into a snowstorm that made it feel like Minnesota – big heavy wet flakes. After getting on the road to go to Katowice, we soon realized that 2” of snow messes up rush hour traffic no matter where you are. The normal hour-long trip took almost twice as long. […]

Climate Relationship Status: It’s Complicated.

Coming to COP24, I expected to laser-focus on the issue of livestock production. But being here has opened my eyes to all the complicated issues around food production including deforestation, water conservation, energy use in food preparation, decarbonizing supply chains, carbon release in soil, methane mitigation, food transportation, gender equality in agriculture, crop insurance, economies […]