A day of planes, trains, and buses

COP23 Day 1: Arriving in Germany and getting oriented – with jet lag! A day of planes, trains, and buses I arrived at the Dusseldorf Airport in Germany today at 11 a.m. local time – 4 a.m. Minnesota (MN) time – after ten hours of air travel. Dusseldorf is in North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), a […]

Your Window into COP23 Day 7: November 12

As we’ve witnessed by the international presence at COP23, climate change touches everyone. Through our multi-sector delegation, we have the opportunity to amplify how the U.S. can address the leadership gap that has been created by the Trump administration’s fossil fuel agenda. In addition to cities, states, and businesses stepping in to uphold the Paris […]

American Identity

With the most recent election one year behind us, I’ve been reflecting on how I feel as an American and the values, ideas, and beliefs of Americans around me. It’s no news to anyone, fake or real, that President Trump doesn’t care about climate change. This is very obvious at COP23. There is an area […]

Your Window into COP23 Day 6: November 11

At COP negotiations each year, Loss and Damage is an important dialogue that involves developed and developing countries collaborating on the urgency of climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation. The name is as clear as it sounds: Loss and Damage refers to when climate change results in extreme loss and damage beyond the impacted country’s […]

The Wrap: 100% Renewables & A Low Carbon Grid

As I write my final blog of the week, I’ll focus on two topics. 100% Renewable Energy First, to conclude the 100% renewable energy discussion, I highlight Vaxjo and Costa Rica, as well as an important research paper. Vaxjo is Duluth’s sister city in Sweden, and they share a similar population around 90,000 and an […]

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 […]


My goal this week was to represent philanthropy and how this sector plays a role in climate action and how it will shift in the future. Philanthropy is most definitely playing a large role in the climate movement. Discussion panel experts here at COP23 were often executive directors, scientists, or specialists of both large and […]

Our Common Home and Its Role Here

The greater theme of this COP as I have seen through the Talanoa Dialogue, the way COP talks about “one conference, two zones” (referencing the two zones of civil society and official negotiations that exist here in Bonn), and through the Open Dialogue with youth, is accessibility. This, however, is not being carried out. With […]

Your Window into COP23 Day 5: November 10

Delegates Ellen Anderson and Leigh Currie shared how it feels to be American at COP23 during yesterday’s webcast. Yesterday, the U.S. Climate Action Pavilion opened as a stand alone structure outside of the conference. This pavilion represents the We Are Still In initiative launched by Michael Bloomberg, in response to the Trump administration’s lack of […]