How to Solve the Future

This morning, I attended one of the most informational and interesting sessions that I’ve been to so far. We’ve all heard a lot about how we need to change our lifestyle to maintain our goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5ºC, but we rarely get a solid explanation on how to do this. […]

Displacement, Human Mobility, and Climate Change

Between 2008 and 2016, 25.3 million people have been displaced from their homes due to extreme weather events – equivalent to one person per second. The tally does not include slow-moving human migration attributed to long term drought or sea level rise, but solely weather events such as tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, raging wildfires, and stalled […]


Half of my time at the COP23 negotiations has already passed. I feel like I’ve just gotten used to the chaos and nonstop action. I’m beginning to figure out where my own priorities lie and how I can best take advantage of accomplishing them while here. Today was full of meetings and starting to feel […]

Drinking From the Firehose

There are so many different levels at which you can interact at COP23. My goals in attending were 1) to share the story of Minnesota’s clean energy leadership as a successful model, 2) to help explain to the rest of the world that thousands of Americans at the city, state, corporate, university, and individual level […]

Access and Transparency

Last night, I was talking to my husband about my experience at COP23, and I confessed that I still don’t really understand what I’m supposed to be doing here. There’s definitely plenty to see, watch, learn about, absorb, etc., but I was trying to figure out if being an official “observer” of the UNFCCC negotiations […]

Your Window Into COP23 Day 3: November 8

Yesterday, delegate Ellen Anderson, Executive Director of the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab, was a featured member of the U.S. People’s Delegation press conference. Climate Generation joined this larger coalition of delegations to help demonstrate that the United States is showing up at the talks, despite the lack of federal action on climate change. […]

The U.S. Is Out, But We Are Still In

My second day at COP23 brought a good deal of reflection on what it means to be an American at a global climate change conference. It’s definitely an uncomfortable feeling. As a clean energy and climate change attorney at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, I’m used to occupying what I view as the high […]

Climate Change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In the 1980’s, a three pillared environmental sustainability model was developed. The three pillars were: The earth with the atmosphere, oceans, mountains, flora, fauna, etc. People, the society and cultures. Economic, energy, resources and capital. The theory was that all three pillars would overlap but remain consistently equally balanced. In the 1980’s, we were a […]

Too Much to See, Too Much to Hear

Late last night we all attended the opening reception of COP. It was filled with festivities such as singing and lots of dancing. A Fijian police band played some traditional music while men dressed in traditional clothing danced along. Then, the Prime Minister of Fiji came out and gave a speech to the audience. When […]

The UNFCCC Negotiations

Today was an incredible day for me, very full and inspiring. This morning I was able to attend the YOUNGO (youth constituency) meeting for the first time, and it was really powerful to see so many initiatives, working groups, and actions being organized by youth from all over. I have noticed one thing throughout the […]