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Work in Progress

It’s a constant, bustling hive of activity at the COP24 conference in Katowice. It’s often crowded, with sleep-deprived professionals rushing through the connected web of permanent and temporary buildings to get to meetings. Workstations are set up in hallways, sometimes on the floor, and impromptu meetings take place throughout the facility. I attended a number […]

First Full Day to Explore COP24

I walked out of my hotel into a snowstorm that made it feel like Minnesota – big heavy wet flakes. After getting on the road to go to Katowice, we soon realized that 2” of snow messes up rush hour traffic no matter where you are. The normal hour-long trip took almost twice as long. […]

Climate Relationship Status: It’s Complicated.

Coming to COP24, I expected to laser-focus on the issue of livestock production. But being here has opened my eyes to all the complicated issues around food production including deforestation, water conservation, energy use in food preparation, decarbonizing supply chains, carbon release in soil, methane mitigation, food transportation, gender equality in agriculture, crop insurance, economies […]

The future is today!

“The future is today!” was the refrain shared so many times during the COP24 conference these past couple days. As the global community works toward further reducing carbon emissions across all sectors, that was the key theme reiterated throughout many sessions. Each sector is called upon to do their part, from government to businesses, investors, […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 12

The high-level segments of COP24 have truly taken off as it’s crunch time for Parties to finalize their contributions to the Paris Agreement rulebook. Ministers and heads of state from around the world arrived this week to pair off into negotiating teams that will produce a more concise draft. The tension is running high as […]

It’s All About Ambition

The word ambition is used frequently at COP24. Ambition, by definition, means to have a strong desire to achieve something, which applies to all the delegates working on climate change solutions at COP24. “The Ambition Loop,” a report just prior to COP24 last month by United Nations Global Compact, We Mean Business, and World Resources […]

We Are Still In

Recent reports such as the IPCC Climate Change Report and the 4th National Climate Assessment, say fewer than 12 years remain to make changes to see results that align with keeping the climate from no more than 1.5 degrees of warming. As a result, many U.S. businesses attended the engaging events at the We Are […]

U.S. Climate Action

The U.S. doesn’t have an official pavilion at COP24. Many countries have varying degrees of elaborate pavilions showcasing their efforts on climate change and some have areas for presentations. For example, here is Thailand’s pavilion. However, the World Wildlife Fund allowed their pavilion to be switched over to the U.S. Climate Action Center for four […]

Donald Trump Wants To Take Your Beer Away

As you may have heard, the United States delegation was met with laughter and disbelief at their panel here yesterday. “We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,” said Wells Griffith, Trump’s adviser. While this is horrific enough, I’ve met several organizations here […]

Circular Economy and Magic

The last couple of days, I’ve attended a number of inspiring sessions at an official affiliate event, the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF). SIF brings together 600 delegates who are focused on developing the green economy. Circular economy was one of the four tracks at the event, and with Best Buy’s focus on extending the life […]