Your Window into COP25: December 12

Youth and civil society voices cut through the noise of pomp and circumstance during the negotiations yesterday. We’re feeling the palpable energy of rising tensions from our delegates — their blogs today speak to the unrest inside the convention space. The official negotiations made little to no progress in the second day of high-level segments, […]

Perspective on Progress

Spending my day away from negotiations was surprisingly productive in building relationships and other forms of progress. A lineup of panels didn’t at first seem like a significant workload, but the people in the room and discussion in each space elevated the work beyond the typical conference. With the lack of federal leadership on climate […]

A Twitter COP Journey

Eric started using Twitter to engage with #MNCOP25, and we wanted to share his journey! Be sure to go on and follow him at @la_stradamn to join in on the conversation in real time. Can’t compete with @timvsexton’s hat, but at least I’m representing too on my way to #cop25, #mncop25, @ClimateGenOrg, @MetCouncilNews — […]

Your Window into COP25: December 11

The high-level segments of COP25 kicked off yesterday, where the heads of government and representing ministers are required to share statements from their country with the other world leaders in attendance. These statements communicate their priorities in tackling climate change, and usually include the progress on what has been achieved thus far. During the opening […]

Coming Together in Action

Hawaiian youth leader Keoni Rodriguez opened a meeting between USCAN partners and the head negotiator of the United States with a prayer for those who are no longer with us and for those yet to be born, to give us compassion for the land, the sea, and the air as we come together in this […]

Your Window into COP25: December 10

Good morning, Window into COP25-ers! Part of the challenge with COPs is how inaccessible it can be, both physically and informationally. The international media usually only covers the achievements or failures of the negotiating Parties, missing an opportunity to bring to life the rich community, pressure, and urgency that non-Party attendees breathe into the conference. […]

Youth in the Lead

The incredible power of the youth climate movement was immediately apparent as I began my experience at COP25. I was mid-flight while 500,000 people marched through Madrid on Friday evening, an unprecedented mobilization by a broad coalition. I arrived early on Saturday in time to catch the last day of week one. My walk to […]

Your Window into COP25: December 9

The last week of COP25 kicks off today. Our delegates from Minnesota are now attending sessions, and ministers from participating countries are arriving this week as well, pushing conversations that may have come to a standstill to continue with more urgency. Today, we’re diving into one of the critical, remaining pieces of the Paris Agreement […]

Your Window into COP25: December 6

It’s the fifth day of COP25, and what a whirlwind it’s been! To keep it simple, we’ve got four days to recap from our last correspondence, so we’re highlighting four “need-to-know” updates for you. Let’s dive in together… TUESDAY A U.S. Congressional Delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived on December 2nd with a […]

Your Window into COP25: December 2

Today is the first day of COP25, the 25th annual international UN climate negotiations! Over 25,000 people from 200 countries are gathering in Madrid, Spain to participate as world leaders work to increase their commitments for climate action under the Paris Agreement. We’re excited to send one of our staff, along with three additional Minnesota […]