Your Window into Paris: Day 3

Our staff, Director of Education Kristen Poppleton and Associate Director Janet Brown, have embarked on their first day in Paris! Before they left yesterday, Kristen received confirmation that our Education Ambassadors are scheduled to meet with President Obama’s Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren next week, to submit the position statements of their students to the […]

COP21 mood is festive and energized

This is definitely an amazing gathering at the Climate Generations building at COP21! Open to anyone interested from around the world, there are thousands of people here simultaneously learning, interacting, eating, and presenting. There are breakout sessions offering a wide range of climate-related lessons and inspirations, and probably well over 100 exhibits and displays. Yet […]

Your Window into Paris: Day 2

The presence of 150 world leaders at the opening day of COP21 yesterday set a promising tone for the two weeks of negotiations now underway. President Obama was one of many who spoke powerfully on the need for a strong agreement, saying, “What we seek is not simply an agreement to roll back the pollution […]

People’s Climate March in Saranac Lake

As we gather in the chilly Adirondack air, we notice a change in our November that unfortunately is becoming more common with each passing year….there’s no snow on the ground.  Even in the 20 plus years that I have lived here, I know that this is not normal for the “heart” of the Adirondacks. So […]

Your Window into Paris: Day 1

Today is the day – the opening day of the COP21 climate negotiations, and over 130 world leaders will be in attendance to signal their commitment to a strong agreement. For the next two weeks, these leaders and their negotiating teams will begin the important work of hammering out an ambitious, equitable, and binding agreement […]

COP21: a one-of-a-kind chance to teach climate change in a real-world context

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, more than 40,000 people representing more than 190 countries – including 10 U.S. educators, a colleague and me – will gather in Paris to discuss the most important issue facing the world today: climate change. I do not say this lightly, and I absolutely recognize the gravity of the […]

The Northern Run: From Norway via Minnesota to Paris

It has been 3.5 months since I started my run from Tromsø, Norway. The run, named the Northern Run, is part of the climate awareness campaign Pole to Paris, which I started along with my friend Daniel Price. With only a few days left until the planned arrival in Paris for COP21, a look back […]

COP21: The world’s best chance to tackle climate change

The upcoming Paris climate talks, known as COP21 or, more fully, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties, are widely recognized as the world’s last and best chance to effectively limit the threat of climate change. This Conference is a crucial event because it needs to result in […]

Friday Feature: Meet COP21 Education Ambassador Billy Koenig!

As our COP21 Window Into Paris program approaches, we will be featuring an educator in our delegation each week to share their thoughts on the program and how they plan to incorporate their experience at the UN climate change negotiations into their classrooms. This week’s featured educator is Billy Koenig, a high school biology teacher […]