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Money or Food: What Will Youth Choose?

This morning, the exhaustion really hit me hard. I missed my alarm, and when I did wake up about half an hour later it was struggle to get out of bed. Luckily, a quick breakfast on the subway over to COP kept me on schedule. The first conference that I wanted to attend was called […]

America’s Most Wanted: State-Level Actions

Today marked the official opening of the U.S. Climate Action Center here in Bonn at COP23. As I mentioned in a previous post, the Climate Action Center is a stand-in for the U.S. Pavilion. Because the U.S. refused to pay for a pavilion this year—for the first time ever—private parties, including former New York mayor […]

Grassroots Activism

With COP21 setting the commitment to a maximum of 1.5°C global temperature rise, countries pledged varying but significant carbon emission reductions. With each day at COP23, it becomes more evident that a 1.5°C goal will only be achieved with a combination of government policy mandates, NGO action, and grassroots organization. Governments constantly change administrations often, […]

100% Renewable Energy

Today I spent my day at a conference at the German Environment Ministry, just two train stops from the COP23 meeting. “The Local Dimension of the NDCs: 100% Renewable Energy” was co-sponsored by the Ministry and organizations committed to the 100% renewable energy target. One sponsor, ICLEI, is a global network of 1,500 sustainable cities […]

Action in All Its Forms

Today was a day full of action and energy. I began the day by taking part in an action where youth called out fossil fuel companies. Today was Young and Future Generations Day but also, ironically, Business Day. There were tons of actions related to natural (unnatural, really) gas, fracking, and fossil fuels in general, […]

Your Window Into COP23 Day 4: November 9

Our delegates Cheryl, Ian, and Espoir shared their thoughts and observations on being Americans at COP23 during yesterday’s webcast. You may have noticed that acronyms and COP23 go together like two peas in a pod. From UNFCCC to NDC, you may be feeling like the negotiations are similar to a two-week long inside joke that […]

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 […]

Halfway

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 […]