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COP: The Final Countdown

Friday, December 9th: COP Exhaustion The conference was supposed to end on Friday, theoretically with an evening plenary session that began at 8 pm. However, the meeting only ran an hour, with little to no concrete accomplishments or timeframe for wrapping up the COP. So the COP continues on Saturday, but with much less energy […]

Final Reflection on COP 17: “A People United, Will Never Be Defeated”

“A People United, Will Never Be Defeated” One week ago in the big march and rally through the streets of Durban those words were echoed over and over along with many other chants as 7,000 activists from all over the world made their statement. Were the delegates and ministers from the 191 countries represented at […]

Winding Down and Gearing Up

COP 17 ends tomorrow, but for all the NGOs and Inter governmental organizations it only means that our work is just continuing. The context of that work however may be slightly different depending on what happens inside the Baobab Plenary Room today and tomorrow. A major discussion item is emission control and closing the gigaton […]

Students Call on Xcel to Move Beyond Coal

Student Group Delivers Over 1000 Petitions to Ask for Clean Energy Campus Beyond Coal members, UMN-TC students, and community members gathered outside Xcel Energy Inc. on Wednesday, December 7th to deliver petition cards, hear individual’s clean energy stories, and stand for clean energy and a clean future for Minnesota. Students and community members carried wind […]

The Americas

The title is an acknowledgement that more than just the US is playing a role here at COP17. Some of the most vocal and straightforward public statements have been made by South American and Caribbean nations, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, and Grenada. These nations are not often shined upon by American media, and partly because […]

Day 2: Rocket Scientists who can’t tie their shoes

Yet again, getting to the convention center for the conference proved to be an adventure. The official shuttle was somewhere (but not where we were), and it was getting close to 9 am, so in the interest of time we literally squeezed into the mini-bus. When we arrived, the conference area was much improved from […]

Day 1: Whirling Durban

Today was my second day in Durban and began with an adventure trying to reach the COP17 registration area. Theoretically, there are shuttles to the conference center and other buses, including the fascinating option Paul and I took: the mini-bus. Essentially if you crossed a taxi with a bus, you’d get the mini-bus in South […]

Statewide Call-in Day Demonstrates Support for Clean Air

Last Wednesday, young people across Minnesota participated in a statewide call-in day for clean air. Over 400 people picked up their phones to thank Senator Klobuchar for voting against Senator Paul’s recent dirty air initiative and to urge her to continue to reject further attacks.

State Department meets with Minnesota delegation

Jonathan Pershing’s secretary is from Eagan, MN and we had lots to chat about before Sharon said: “let me look at Jonathan’s schedule, can you come in Monday morning at 9 am?” We cleared security, got three latecomers approved and Sharon ushered us to the meeting room. A few minutes later Dr. Pershing (who received […]