Your Window Into COP23 Day 1: November 6

Members of Minnesota delegations visited with Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith in preparation for their departure.

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 countries against the threats of climate change, and keep our planet’s temperature rise below two degrees Celsius. In essence, they are finalizing a rulebook for global climate action. Journalists, advocates, educators, elected officials, and nongovernmental organizations from around the world will be in Bonn alongside them, watching, listening, and participating in side events to engage in the negotiations.

Back in 2015 at COP21 in Paris, when the Paris Agreement was finalized, it marked the first time that every participating country committed to cutting carbon emissions and acting on climate change. Now, as the United States administration has chosen to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, repeal the Clean Power Plan aimed at cutting carbon emissions, and roll back countless other environmental protections, America’s place at the table during these pivotal negotiations is unclear.

Our delegates, along with others from the U.S. People’s Delegation, will demonstrate to the world that climate progress is still happening in the U.S. Climate change isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a human issue, and we’re excited to stand with the rest of the world to work toward a better future.

Tune in daily for inside looks, unique perspectives, videos, and photographs from our delegates’ blogs as they report on their experience!

Climate Generation Delegation Blogs

Today, we share the insights of our entire delegation as they prepared to head to COP23.

Adri Arquin

Preparation for COP23



Aurora L. Conley

First of all ~



Espoir DelMain

The Road to Bonn


Ian Empson

Heading to COP


Melissa Hortman

Ready for Bonn and COP23!


Cheryl Olseth

On Our Way to COP23



You can also check out student blogs from youth delegates representing the School of Environmental Studies students at COP23.


Mark your calendar for the COP23 webcasts at 12 p.m. CST throughout the experience!

November 8: Click here to join the webinar to hear Cheryl, Espoir, and Ian talk about the first two days in Bonn.

November 9: Click here to join Leigh and Ellen’s webinar on energy policy and environmental law as solutions.

November 14: Click here to join the CLEAN (Climate Literacy) Network webinar featuring John and Adri.

November 15: Click here to join Minority Leader Melissa Hortman’s webinar on the presence of local U.S. government and leadership in Bonn.

November 16: Click here to join Aurora’s webinar as she discusses the role of Indigenous leaders and her climate action experience in Bonn.

Save the Date

Don’t miss our post-COP23 panel on November 27th, 12 to 1 p.m. CST, featuring representation from Governor Dayton’s office and our Minnesota delegates as they reflect on the Bonn Climate Talks. Attend in person or tune in digitally through our live webcast.

Follow Us

Check out our Twitter and Instagram for even more footage from our COP23 delegation. Follow @ClimateGenOrg and hashtags #MNCOP23, #USPeoplesDelegation, and #ActOnClimate

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