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Taking Things into Our Own Hands

What stood out to me most at COP22 was the concrete division between the urgency of the negotiations and negotiators compared to the urgency apparent among the people and organizations running the side events. During my experience in Marrakech, as someone not directly involved in the negotiations, I felt the urgency all around me. There […]

COP 22: Looking Back and Forging Ahead

This year’s round of UN climate negotiations have officially come to a close, as six hours of overtime negotiations ended around 2AM on Saturday morning. While progress was made in advancing the implementation of the Paris Agreement, this “COP of action” hardly lived up to it’s name. Parties agreed to be inclusive, transparent, and open […]

United in the Commitment to Change

After almost two weeks in Marrakech at COP22, by the end of last week I found myself sitting back in the classroom and back in my daily routine. I already miss the early morning dashes through the winding streets of the medina to the venue. Now, back on my bike in the Netherlands, I’ve been […]

Climate Activist Profile: Nouhad Awwad, Lebanon

Nouhad Awwad is a young Lebanese climate organizer living in Beirut. She has a Masters in Environmental Policy Planning and founded the Lebanese national chapter of the Arab Youth Climate Movement in 2015. She is the Lebanese youth delegate at COP22. Nouhad’s first experiences in environmental organizing began at the age of 15 when she […]

Your Window Into Marrakech: The Final Week of Negotiations

The UN COP22 Climate Change Conference is now in the final week of negotiations. As negotiators begin the work of turning the Paris Agreement into a pathway forward towards a zero-carbon economy, several high-level diplomats will be flying in for COP22’s final days. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in Marrakech today and […]

The Global Imperative of Climate Change Education

Bringing a delegation of students to a COP Conference is challenging and often unpredictable work. The logistics and the responsibilities that come with student travel are constantly at the forefront, and the tasks of clearing roadblocks and removing obstacles so that the students can experience and learn are front and center. But why? To what […]

Addressing This Climate Chaos Together

Today was education day at COP22, and it ended up being nearly the opposite of what I expected. Taking a step back, I realize it was cultural ignorance that led to my surprise at how this day manifested itself at COP. This surprise stemmed from the focus of the education discussions, which was Indigenous, traditional […]

Standing Rock Solidarity at COP22

“We call upon all member states to condemn the destruction of our sacred places and to support our nation’s efforts to ensure that our sovereign rights are respected. We ask that you call upon all parties to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and to protect the environment, our nation’s future, our culture […]

The “COP of Action:” What Has Happened Thus Far

One week down and one more week to go for this year’s round of international climate change negotiations (COP22) here in Marrakech. The biggest news story has certainly been the results of the American election and speculation on how it may change the course of future international climate policy. However, plenty of other important events […]

The UN Must Take Climate Change Education and Empowerment Seriously

Today is Education Day at COP22. But why does it matter? In this highly technical negotiation space, why should Education be on the agenda of an international climate change conference? Moving towards decarbonization presents a paradigmatic shift in our economy, society, and way of life. We need to ensure that we have the capacity for […]