Waiting for an Agreement

Beckie Alexander

“I take away from COP21 the power of story. The power of people’s stories has changed the dynamic here. From witnessing that, I’ve come to believe that my story means something, and my students’ stories mean something.” – Beckie Alexander, Dec. 11, 2015

It was a disappointment to wake up Friday morning to news that President Fabius has called for a final agreement tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. There have been no meetings of the Committee de Paris (the name for the entire negotiating delegation) scheduled for today. This can only mean that there are many points for which more negotiating is necessary.

I continue to be overwhelmed by the enormity and gravity of the climate situation. I have been shocked by the emotional nature of the week. I have sat in on conversations full of great hope and conversations that leave me in despair. I have been moved to tears at least once a day. While I, and the rest of the world, wait for the final COP21 agreement and its plan for the future, I remain hopeful. I am hopeful that COP21 will be the pivotal event that marks a shift in the world’s attitude regarding climate change.

Today, my last day at Le Bourget, I have documented what my experience has been like in the Blue Zone, in an effort to connect my students and my community to this incredibly impactful conference.

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