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Getting Ready for COP25

With the sound of plows and shovels, it’s official—it’s winter in Minnesota. Lately, this has come to mean that conversations about whether climate change is real (how can it be warming when it’s so cold?!) will be coming along with Arctic blasts and blizzards. Last January, I was scheduled to give a talk on climate […]

Creating Home through COP

Climate Generation roots our work in the stories we all have as eyewitnesses to climate change. Growing up in Minnesota as a descendant from pioneer farmers, I did not learn the history of the Dakota people, whose ancestral homeland I also call home. I was lucky to spend my college years in California in my […]

Letting Our Guard Down

I remember growing up in Southern MN, listening to REM’s Green album and feeling a rising, persistent concern for the state of our planet. At that time, in the 1980’s, environmental issues seemed very tangible for me, with acid rain and the ozone layer constantly in the news. I spent most of my time exploring […]

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 […]