The Determination I Needed

Today was Young and Future Generations day, as well as my first day at COP22. I heard the election results in the middle of traveling for over 24 hours to get to Marrakech. I entered my first day at the negotiations tired and upset, with feelings of hopelessness, devastation, worries, and embarrassment. What was I […]

Your Window Into Marrakech: COP22 Begins!

Siiri and Johanna were the first of our delegation to arrive! Siiri and Johanna were on the ground yesterday for the opening of COP22. Siiri spent some of the day in a YOUNGO (youth constituency group) session where there was discussion about the need to prioritize climate change education. Johanna has had the opportunity to […]

The Role of Youth in International Climate Negotiations

I am attending COP22 as a delegate of Climate Generation as well as a young person concerned about the future of our climate. Every years hundreds of young people like myself come to these UN climate negotiations to lobby for their rights and ambitious targets to combat climate change. The umbrella organization for young people […]

Your Window Into Marrakech: Looking Ahead to COP22

Our intergenerational delegation shares what they’re looking forward to at COP22, and the significance of these negotiations for them.     The stage is now set for COP22 to take place from November 7-18 in Marrakech, Morocco. Today, the Paris Agreement forged at COP21 officially enters into force – one month after it crossed the ratification threshold […]

Exploring Morocco Pre-COP22

As soon as I received confirmation to join the Climate Generation delegation to COP22, I knew I had to capitalize on the location of the conference. Being in Morocco, the conference is conveniently located in a country that has always been on the top of my travel list. So I booked my flight to arrive […]

COP22 As A Unique Educational Opportunity

Last week many Minnesotans took a somber moment to remember the anniversary of Senator Paul Wellstone’s death in a plane crash in northern Minnesota 14 years ago. A man of conviction and a principled representative, he was known for his oft-used adage, “ We all do better when we all do better.” This axiom has […]

The Role of Climate Change Education in the International Climate Negotiations

Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognizes the importance of education, training and public awareness to achieve “action for climate empowerment, (ACE) and ultimately to achieve the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. In a UNFCCC meeting this past summer, over 750 participants from 22 countries gathered to […]

Using the Paris Climate Agreement as a Springboard: Towards Action at COP22

Last year at the COP21 Climate Talks in Paris, countries forged an unprecedented agreement to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. It was the culmination of years of hard work, sweat, love, frustration, and hope from people across the world: from those on the front lines of climate change to politicians […]

Youth Voices at COP22

While being a part of the environmental movement is very empowering for me, identifying and being perceived as a youth has always been a challenge when entering sophisticated environments facilitated and run by adults. It can often feel like a struggle to recognize that this space also belongs to me, and that I have a […]

Meet Our COP22 Delegation

What is the significance of COP22? Climate change is a global problem that demands international action, and finally, in Paris last year, the world came together on an agreement to address climate change: the Paris Agreement. At the UN’s Marrakech Climate Change Conference, COP22, nations of the world will continue their work on strengthening the […]