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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 […]

The People’s Climate March – What does the movement need now?

Over 400,000 marching  – more than three times the expected number! Some were actually finishing the march at the same time others were beginning. This extraordinary turnout might be attributed to the distributed organizing strategy, with 1574 participating organizations, or the inclusive and empowering messaging. I believe a key component was a growing common urgency […]

The People’s Climate March – A Movement Beginning to See Itself

Rumblings of the People’s Climate March sifted through my inbox, my Facebook news feed, and casual conversations for months leading up to the day of the event.  The invitation was to call for strong action on climate from international leaders at Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s UN Climate Summit.  I was keeping an ear to […]

From the Minneapple to the Big Apple: A Teen’s Perspective on the People’s Climate March

Hi, my name is Lucy West and I’m a senior at St. Paul Central High School in Minnesota. I am also a co-president of my school’s environmental club, Roots & Shoots. I went to the People’s Climate March with a group of high schoolers from around the Twin Cities as part of the YEA! MN […]

Youth Contingent at the People’s Climate March takes up 10 City Blocks!

Just in case you hadn’t heard! Over 400,000 people joined the People’s Climate March, including 50,000 students and young people! The student contingent took over 10 city blocks: http://on.fb.me/1ym7DEK  The Will Steger Foundation was proud to send 10 high school students through our YEA! MN program on a 22 hours bus ride, joining over 400 other […]

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 […]