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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 […]

Two Americas

Today we heard the views of a majority of Americans, compared to the position of our federal administration, on climate change and clean energy. We know that a majority of Americans think global warming is real, that government should take action on it, and that as a nation we should support development of clean renewable […]

Your Window Into COP23 Day 2: November 7

Minnesota’s Lt. Governor endorses our state’s presence at COP23 and speaks to the state-level climate progress happening in the U.S., despite the federal government. Yesterday, our delegates enjoyed meeting people from all over the world as they were welcomed by the traditional song and dance of Fiji during the COP23 opening ceremonies. A key focus […]

The Road to Bonn & COP23

After leaving Minnesota on Friday night, I spent almost 24 hours traveling via an Amsterdam layover, Dusseldorf, and finally Bonn, Germany. It is so different to travel in Europe after living in the Midwest. I have clocked more miles on trains and on foot in the last 48 hours than in one month in Minnesota. […]

Day one – let the negotiations begin!

I spent the morning watching the opening ceremony for COP23. There were performances by youth from the International School of Bonn and Fiji setting the stage for the next two weeks. The song by the schoolkids was “We Are An Island” with the theme that we are all an island needing to work together. The […]

The Weekend

Ian and I arrived Saturday evening via planes, trains, and zero automobiles. Germany has implemented an efficient public transport system – hooray for lower carbon transportation – albeit a bit chaotic for the non-German speaking Americans. Our travel experience from Dusseldorf Airport to Bonn, Germany should have been easy, but the language barrier and jet […]

Finding My Way At COP

Wow, it feels amazing to finally be here. It was a long journey, and we had a bit of a stressful train ride. It’s a bit hard adjusting to a country where none of the signs are in English and very few people speak it. Fortunately, the food here so far has been amazing, and […]

Your Window Into COP23 Day 1: November 6

Today is the day! COP23 begins, and our five delegates attending the first week of negotiations – along with 196 world leaders – arrived in Bonn this past weekend. Over the next two weeks, negotiations will focus in on the Paris Agreement and what it looks like to meet carbon emission reduction targets, support developing […]