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US Perspectives at COP17: Final Statements to the UN Plenary

Perspectives from a Youth Climate Leader and the U.S. Lead Negotiator, Todd Stern Abigail Borah, Middlebury College student delivered (unauthorized) remarks to the plenary on behalf of the American people just before Todd Stern, representing the U.S. State Department: “I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Durban Climate Talks Begin

On November 28th, the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began in Durban, South Africa. The UN Climate Talks will span two weeks and include delegates from 194 countries but also hundreds of public interest organizations and thousands of activists from around the world will […]