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Monday, Week Two at the Climate Conference

Today was my first day attending sessions at the conference, and I am back on track after my jetlag. An orientation session by Climate Action Network (CAN) for new COP attendees certainly helped me understand the purpose and structure of the conference. Since I know there may be some new readers to the blogs, I […]

Collaboration is the key to making progress

State leaders from around the country converged today to send a clear message to the rest of the world that a significant portion of the United States is still committed to reaching the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. A panel of governors and former governors spoke this morning. The most entertaining speaker was […]

Shaking Al Gore’s Hand

My time in Bonn is coming to a close, and I’m sure Climate Generation’s week two delegates are getting ready to arrive. I don’t leave until Sunday, but I’m planning on being a tourist for at least part of tomorrow and checking out a little bit more of Bonn. It’s a hard choice, though, because […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Our COP23 Delegation: Ian Empson

Ian Empson is a member of Climate Generation’s Window Into COP23 program, a multi-sector delegation attending the United Nation Framework on Climate Change Convention’s 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bonn, Germany. Our delegates will observe sessions and interact with climate change policy negotiations across international leaders and stakeholders. Ian Empson is a high […]

Lt. Governor Sends Off Minnesota COP23 Delegates

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) kicks off next week, bringing nations of the world together to continue their work on strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change. The conference will focus on strategizing and solidifying how participating countries will implement the Paris Agreement. Climate Generation is sending […]

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power hit the big screens around the nation this week. An eagerly awaited continuation of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, this film takes viewers on an emotional journey through climate change effects across the world, behind-the-scenes workings of the Paris Climate Accord, and the empowering proliferation of clean energy solutions […]

Cultivating Climate Leadership

Letter from the Executive Director Despite the decision by the current administration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, we are already seeing leadership from cities, states and the private sector to fill the void in climate leadership. From Minnesota announcing it will join 12 other states to commit to the Paris accord […]